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Baandam Museum

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Address: 414 Moo 13, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand
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Phone Number: +66 83 336 5333
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09:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 12:00
13:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Thawan Duchanee (September 27, 1939 - September 3, 2014) was a Thai...

Thawan Duchanee (September 27, 1939 - September 3, 2014) was a Thai contemporary painter, architect and sculptor with an international reputation. In 2001, this notable artist was given the price by the Office of the National Culture Commission of Thailand as the National Thai Artist in Fine art and Visual art. Thawan is not only famous for his paintings but also architecture. His architectural masterpiece is Black House. It was the residence for Thawan for the rest of his life. In Thai, 'baan' means home or house and 'dam' means black. The Black House isn't just one structure, but a collection of around 40 buildings of varying shapes and sizes dotted around a peaceful garden. Created by Thailand national artist Thawan Duchanee, the grounds include nearly 40 small black houses made of wood, glass, concrete, bricks, or terracotta in various unique styles and design scattered around the temple area. The cluster of houses accommodates Thawan's collections of paintings, sculptures, animal bones, skins, horns, and silver and gold items from around the world. Several of the houses exhibit Balinese and Burmese architecture and art dating back to the Ayutthaya Period. The artist uses bones as a source of inspiration to paint. It is definitely not a place for animal lovers. There are also various kinds of baskets and drums from many regions and countries on display at Baandam. Not all exhibits are open to public.

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very unusual and interesting

cool place to check out something less typical. Unusual artifacts and decor sure to intrigue you. Nice place for families as well as couples.

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Amazing collection from world renowned Thai artist Thawan Duchanee. The grounds have a unique mysterious vibe. Baan Dam is Thawan Duchanee’s artful portrayal of hell. The opaque decor and dead animals adorning each room make Duchanee’s estate the complete opposite of the White Temple, the glimpse of heaven designed by his teacher Chalermchai Kositpipat. Although off the beaten track, the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

cool place to check out something less typical. Unusual artifacts and decor sure to intrigue you. Nice place for families as well as couples.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Both the buildings and the decoratons are dark (most of them black) and unique - nohing jaw-dropping, but fun to see and experience. Not suitable for children though - gruesome and a lot of phallic carvings.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We spent a good hour on a group tour to this one of a kind museums in Thailand. An eccentric artist and collector who passed recently and the family is now allowing visitors to witness this creation. At this writing, there is no admission charge but, don't expect this to last .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A very unique collection of buildings which showcase a lot of skulls and animal skins. Larger than expected so plan for at least an hour to see it all.

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Interesting, beautiful, modern. There are strong fingertips of the artist. Unusual. Worth a visit with a guide.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautiful and incredible ! A must to see..... I don t want to spoil the subject by describing this place.... you must see....

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As if the abstract and unique of outdoor museum but it is grand, special nature of life..The plenty of each room or house are important things to 'value property'. The style is only at this museum. Should keep continue..

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Nestled in the trees, this made a great afternoon out as we were at a lost end. Definitely worth a special trip.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I highly recommend a trip to this outdoor museum. Even though it seems quite popular with tourists, there's still plenty of room to roam around the property and see old-style Thai buildings and artifacts.

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