Baan Dam Museum
Baan Dam Museum
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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  • rickrover
    Newlyn, United Kingdom127 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We loved it
    We loved it. The architecture is stunning, the art interesting and the grounds are beautiful. Also, down the road from the museum, there is an amazing restaurant called Give Green Farm House. Go there.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 September 2023
  • oblongdisorder
    London, United Kingdom11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit if in Chiangrai but what is with the buffalo?
    A gallery complex storing the artist's work -animal skins, bones, carvings and woodwork. Some of it very phallic, comically so, it doesn't seem like the artist took himself too seriously so maybe his work can be appreciated in the same vein. The architecture reminded me of film and game horror houses, it was interesting and unique. I didn't find information on the procurement of the animal bodies so I hope it was done humanely after their natural death. I saw the buffalo that others have mentioned but not closely and don't know it's purpose or treatment. If anyone can shed any light on the animal treatment aspect that would be appreciated. Impossible to get a taxi to come pick you up (Oct) and there were no tuktuks there, although getting there by taxi is fine. You need to organise a driver or pay for a taxi to wait.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 October 2023
  • ClunkNebbermorth
    Cardiff, United Kingdom472 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    relaxing
    Goes with the white temple and blue temple as a trio, but this is by far the most authentic, and also by far the most peaceful. Traditional timber buildings in a wooded location. The buildings are impressive for sure, but maybe some of the art exhibits housed here won't be to your liking, but i didn't see anything provocative or troubling the day i visited.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 January 2024
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NM Native
Albuquerque, NM10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This collection of buildings cost 80 baht to enter. There was a nice dance performance that we enjoyed, but walking around the buildings grew increasingly depressing. There are dead animal trophies everywhere, incorporated into the art. There were many people there but I heard several negative comments about how creepy it is.
The first bathroom I saw had signs depicting male and female genitalia, and I thought it was cute. But after seeing so much of it for every bathroom, it seemed like too much. The gift shop also seemed obsessed with what I consider erotic art. Not a family place in my opinion.
Written 19 January 2020
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melkeet
Ipoh, Malaysia1,383 contributions
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Jan 2020
The Black House is a museum housing the work of art of its founder Thawan Duchanee. It is also known as BaanDam and is situated about 12 km from Chiang rai. It’s often labelled as the White Temple’s counterpart. There are a number of buildings here within the compound garden.
Entrance to the compound was by purchase of a ticket for 80 Baht. In the main building there was a large wooden table with large black chairs arranged around it. The table was laid with snake and crocodile skins. Among other things here includes animal bones and skins. The teem of the exhibits appeared to be ‘Black and Death’
You can stroll in the garden to peep into the other buildings, which you can’t actually go in. Generally the place is shady and you are protected from the heat. We spent about 2 hours here. Since the temple was a bit far from the city centre, we booked a round trip and had the driver to wait for us. You can also Visit the blue temple (Wat Rong Suea Ten) 9km away and Wat Huay Pla Kang (Big Guan Yin Temple) which is 11 km away.
Written 30 December 2020
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Ray C
Chiang Mai, Thailand65 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
The term ‘temple’ had us expecting something quite different. The Black Temple is actually more of an art installation with a strong erotic component. I don’t think of myself as prudish, but some parents I know would be uncomfortable taking kids of a certain age here. The experience was quite interesting on the whole and worth a visit.
Written 20 January 2020
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Juerg S
Mukdahan, Thailand382 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Nice art exhibition - and thanks Covid at this time no people. The elderly staff (man) at the entrance was very unfriendly, may be frustrated... but this takes one star away of the rating. And people over 60 have free entrance but only Thais... The 80 Baht Entrance fee is reasonable for what you can explore inside. Art in black looks quite special.
Written 9 December 2020
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Samantha
Bangkok, Thailand5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Family
Absolutely terrible. It was hot, and there were insects everywhere. Lighting inside the houses were terrible, making for horrible pictures. Every house has the same design and props, with very little variation. The concept seems cool, but the execution was very poor. Entrance fee is grossly overpriced compared to other way better attractions in Chiang Rai. Right next to the museum is the artist's actual house. It just seemed like Baan Dam Museum was created as a fancy storage space for art pieces he didn't know where to put. Save your time, money and sanity by going to literally any other attraction in Chiang Rai.
Written 11 September 2020
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nyusz44
London, UK99 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
To be honest, we wouldn't have come here if it wasn't part of our tour from Chiang Mai.
The place is called the Black House, it has many black painted wooden buildings, with the owner's paintings and other arts, including furs, animal skins, bones.
The entrance fee was 80 bahts.
Written 2 April 2020
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Guy T
London, UK700 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Listed as one of the must do’s whilst in Chiang Rai and it was okay. £2 pp to get in. 

We hired a moped whilst in Chiang Rai and it was really easy to find and park up. It’s quite a big area with a number of exhibits in different houses around the site. There was plenty to see but a little bit repetitive towards the end.

There are a number of drinks stalls which are again really cheap and whilst you are there you can buy charcoal (black) ice cream to try. There’s a stall near the beginning so if you want to try some grab it there. 

On the way out there is a little market as you enter/exit but nothing massively exciting.  

I wouldn’t go back but glad I did it. Nothing to write home about and wouldn’t of been disappointed if we hadn’t managed it in our itinerary but it was good for the small entry fee.

Written 2 March 2020
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Gabriel P
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Black House was an interesting piece of art. As the name says it, the artist really liked the black color, and had a fetish for objects like cow horns, alligator skins and wooden carved man genitals.

Overall, it was an interesting experience which I would recommend. Last but not least, you should really try the charcoal ice cream - its really funny.
Written 8 February 2020
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand4,206 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The "Black House Museum" is aptly named, reflecting the many strange and somewhat dark collections. The museum is actually a series of 40 buildings or so, of various sizes (and shapes!). The main building is a huge structure of old teak, that is alone worth the visit to the site. The creator of the museum truly had an unusual perspective on things, including his collections and creations. Every visitor will surely have more than one "Wow" and "WTF" experience here!
Written 18 February 2020
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Jocelyn C
Canberra, Australia1,048 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Baandam Museum is an odd mix of Gothic, whimsy, artistic porn, architecture, with a touch of religion. Developed by an artist who has a PhD in metaphysics gives a hint of where he's coming from with his art. It really is a must see. There are several buildings (over 30), many with art installations inside that you can view. Photos don't show you how amazing it is.
Small cost to enter. Pick up a guide book on your way in and start exploring. We spent an hour here and could definitely have spent more time. We will come back again.
Written 9 March 2020
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