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Baan Dam Museum

414 Moo 13, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand
+66 83 336 5333
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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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414 Moo 13, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand
+66 83 336 5333
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing building area in the forest created by an artist man with a lot of Cambodians details. Peaceful place!

Thank CORez
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent around an hour here after our hot spring spa down the road. Interesting place i think if is a recently built attraction. Good for taking photos and quiet peaceful.

Thank Steven77110
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An old Thai Lanna style village hosting many exhibition of a late national honors artist. His art is a mixed of south east asian root cultures and believes with modern touch. Natural theme concept of birth and death. There were a hidden meaning in all...More

Thank Krit P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Unexpected awesome! Cool buildings, especial charcoal massage provide. The owner is a tasteful collector! Worth to go

Thank Lee L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Baan Dam also called Black House is once home, studio and museum of private collection of controversial but internationally renowned Thai Artist Thawan Duchane. After he passed away in 2014, entire complex consisting of about 40 small black houses including the big black home of...More

Thank Madan Gopal M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's a nice place to walk around. I've read some reviews of people saying the museum is a bit creepy, but I don't see why. Ok there were animal skins and bones, but not in a freaky way (more like the bones/skulls you see at...More

Thank Bever007
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't miss this one , was templed out until did the white one that got me going again , and then was stunned by how diffrent this is , strange is a the best word , won't spoil the surprise by sayin any more

Thank Mark L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There was loads to see here but I found it all very strange- which I guess is the idea of the place. I can see how it would be good for learning all types of art but I didn't find it amazing, not to my...More

Thank GRC1989
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Full loads of animals horn, skin, heads, seashells, plus abit Buddhist related collection. Overall what impress me was the building details. You can visit here even on the hot afternoon because the whole place is full of big trees so is quite comfortable walking around.

Thank Lim C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of my main visits in Chiang Rai was to the white temple, which was not anywhere near as good as I expected. Baan Dam Museum on the other hand was a wonderful experience much better than I expected. Very large area with so much...More

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6 October 2017|
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Response from Madan Gopal M | Reviewed this property |
there is no dresscode, it is not a temple but museum
6 November 2015|
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Response from peberpigen | Reviewed this property |
about 13 km from chiang rai, opposite direction of the white temple. (yin and yang between the artist with chiang rai in the center )
9 March 2015|
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Response from Darlene47 | Reviewed this property |
Open 0900 hours until 1200 hours then they close for lunch. Reopen at 1300 hours and close for the day at 1700 hours. Washrooms, eatery/snacks and gift shop on premises, no admission fee.

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