Baan Dam Museum

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Baan Dam Museum
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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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MIC68
Bangkok, Thailand38 contributions
SURPRISING MUSEUM
May 2020
It's not a museum, it's not a temple.
It is completely different from what you can see in Thailand. It is a garden composed of black houses, structures and works, created by Thawan Duchanee, the first Thai artist to have enjoyed international fame. He has even been nicknamed the THAI DALI.
simply beautiful and amazing
Written March 19, 2021
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melkeet
Ipoh, Malaysia1,361 contributions
Black and Death
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 December 30, 2020
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Juerg S
Mukdahan, Thailand354 contributions
Unfriendly staff
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 December 9, 2020
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Lynne S
Bangkok100 contributions
Gorgeous grounds and interesting buildings
Nov 2020
A strange place! Definitely worth a visit and the small entrance fee.
A collection of black buildings of interesting and attractive shapes with great carvings. Filled with weird and wonderful items! A few other buildings like the white igloo stupas and the grey hornbill building.
A pleasant hour or so wandering around these many artefacts in 100 acre grounds.
Written November 15, 2020
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สมเจษฎ์ อ
Pathum Thani, Thailand118 contributions
The gallery of the super artist
Oct 2020
The wide area composed of lots of art things and nice architectural building. You have to spend the whole day for scanning all art in the museum. Tawan is the most famous artist in Thailand. Besides the art pieces, he collected lots of valuable and beautiful pieces of natural things, too.
Written November 12, 2020
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PETER L
Pattaya, Thailand64 contributions
Something different
Sep 2020
Some interesting and stunning buildings, with some weird artifacts on display. Nice and peaceful walk around, took about 1 hour. Some of the buildings were closed to public. Not far out of town, so it was worth a look.
Written September 21, 2020
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Ben
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The architecture gallery
Sep 2020 • Friends
I think the registration fee is more expensive. The architecture gallery were nothing interesting. And the art gallery closed.
Written September 12, 2020
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Samantha
Bangkok, Thailand5 contributions
Literally the artist's storage space
Sep 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 September 11, 2020
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Alex S
Songkhla, Thailand9 contributions
Strange Place
Jun 2020
This is supposed to pay homage to one of the great artists of Thailand, but all I could see in every building were stuffed crocodiles. When I asked one of the gate keepers the significance, I was told they were borrowed from a local farm. Other than that I did not understand the significance of the many, many crocodiles.
Written August 2, 2020
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Vasikan K
Lat Phrao, Thailand136 contributions
Nice place to visit
Jun 2020 • Family
It’s very good and beautiful art designs. Not far from Chiang Rai town, most of the place are outdoors.
Written June 24, 2020
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