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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 July 18, 2016 via mobile

Maybe just use 30 min to view it unless u are artist person u may like this place for us ... no really like this place

Thank ginosoh
Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

admission to Baan Dum is free ... there many photo opportunities in this very popular tourist attraction ... the grounds are extensive and very well maintained with lots of shady trees ... there are a number of interesting buildings located within the grounds of Baan...More

Thank Mike M
Reviewed July 11, 2016

We had a guide take us to this place and explain all the different houses and all about the artist, it was wonderful to listen to as we walked around the grounds of this creative artist.

Thank Kath S
Reviewed July 5, 2016

Baan Dum means black house, but this is a surprising large park with a number of old wooden structures and artifacts. The old buildings are intricately carved and fascinating.Nicely landscaped. About 15 minutes from down town. Parking is available. and entry is free. A great...More

Thank Jeff_Pruett
Reviewed July 3, 2016

Was included in a tour I booked and it was quite nice. However, was missing some information. Our tourguide provided us with some. If I would have been on my own there, I would have had no cle of what I am looking at.

Thank TabTabla
Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

For starters...it's important to point out that this is a totally free exhibit. The main building is definitely worth the trip. You've probably never seen anything like this before, so it's worth the experience. My only complaint is that most of the other buildings around...More

Thank danielcK1124RH
Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

Located among the small alley, might be a bit hard to find. Good to visit after the white temple to feel the difference. Beautiful.

Thank Ching Yi H
Reviewed July 1, 2016

White temple and black house, two of the must-dos in Chiang Rai. In comparison, I actually prefer Baan Dum (the black house) a bit more. It covers quite a bit of ground with lots of buildings, and there are some very funky artworks.

Thank Shen_1986
Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

Very interesting. Dead animals skins arranged in art.its not an actual temple but it looks like it. There is one big building in the entrance with big chairs made of skulls and horns. It's kind of freaky.

Thank lukelapinski
Reviewed June 29, 2016

I was not expecting this to be as good as it was. I was blown away by the life and works of this artist on display here.

Thank Simon T
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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 )
March 9, 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.