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Baan Dam Museum

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Address: 414 Moo 13, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand
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+66 83 336 5333
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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This was an artist's home and it consists of more than one black house, rather a beautiful small village of houses that the artist used, some housing his collections including... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was an artist's home and it consists of more than one black house, rather a beautiful small village of houses that the artist used, some housing his collections including thousands of animal remains, an elephant skeleton, and snake skin table runner. Very tastefully designed and decorated. I prefer it to the White Temple although both are worth a visit... More 

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An extraordinary museum. Filled with owner's private collection. As usual, filled with tourist from all around the world. Reached at the time when black house about to open after lunch time but we noticed more than 100 of people waiting to visit the black house at once, we decided to took a afternoon tea break at the small little cafe... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The black temple is actually a combination of gallery and studio space. The artwork are displayed in very intrigued way and worth more time to take in. The ground is very beautiful for great photo shoot. But most of the tours will take groups of tourist there at the same time like just after lunch. Plan a visit a a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It is a pretty located arty place Very morbid kind of art that is Remember mosquito repellent... We liked it a lot in all its craziness If you drive, suggest to park at the second parking lot, no tour buses and just a 2min stroll

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did not interest to visit at the first time of my visiting in Chiang Rai. But this time I have time to visit, then I went there. The place is good for take a picture. Everywhere place with the Thai Northern Contemporary Building. The architect who set up each building is very good performance to place one by one... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Baan dam is located conveniently close from the golden pine resort and we were told the place was worth visiting and why. The owner, an artist who passed away three years ago got his inspiration from visits all over the world and brought together many cultures and styles. A Thai student hanging around spontaneously gave us a one hour tour... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Baan Dam, the black house, is a short drive north of Chiang Rai city. If you enjoy the slightly unusual and off-beat, you will want to visit Baan Dam. There is furniture made of animal bones and antlers, huge snake skins and interesting architecture, all different than any I have experienced elsewhere. It is a photo op waiting to happen... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw this attraction as part of a full day tour. It was interesting to see the buildings all constructed of wood and mostly black. A very different attraction from all the temples.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Baan Dam Museum is a collection of buildings that showcase the architecture and craftsmanship of Thawan Duchanee. If you go, and it's definitely worth your time, be prepared to see some of the most bizarre and detailed odds/ends and buildings you may ever see in your life.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very unusual place to visit. Part museum, part art studio with animal skulls and skins made into eerie artwork.

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