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Baan Dam Museum
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Chiang Rai Temples Galleries Art by Car Including Soothing Massage and Lunch
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Private Trekking and Local Temple Day Tour in Chiang Rai
Ranked #8 of 85 things to do in Chiang Rai
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed February 24, 2013

this was an interesting if not odd place to visit. supposed to be a place for artist to come and do their work but the place was desserted.

unusual buildings and things around the place but no real explanation of what they were.

Thank CindyBrisVegas
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

The Black house is in a lovely location with great space and many interesting buildings. It has incredible furniture made from roots and trees, antiques, and art works. Although the theme is blackness and death, I particularly loved the amoebic sculptural forms that represented rebirth and new life emerging. This was a very worthwhile stop for those interested in the arts.

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Reviewed February 11, 2013

As this is the home and compound of an internationally-known and respected Thai National Artist, I consider it a privilege to be allowed to wander around the grounds and view the spaces in which he lives and works and entertains. If he's there, one can even engage him in conversation. It does help to have some knowledge beforehand of his oeuvre, but there are many clues here to help: his art is about nature, and the cycle of life and death. Unlike the White Temple it is not linked to a belief system or religion; like the White Temple it is one man's creation and vision. The variety of structures is fascinating; sculptural elements abound in the form of natural objects like rocks and man-made things like baskets. His iconic buffalo horns ornament many of the buildings and furniture. And a sense of humor is quite evident in the bathrooms which are decorated with phallic references. Most impressive is the 'hypostyle hall' banquet building which is a basillica for entertaining, with a large central space filled with massive long tables made of single planks with runners of python skins, and side aisles with smaller tables and 'thrones' made with animal horns and antlers. A dinner there would be most memorable! And a visit here with an open mind and perhaps some additional information can be very memorable.

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Reviewed February 8, 2013

A superb if confounding sprawling installation about 20 minutes north of the city. Hire a private driver (1000 baht) to take you to both the White Temple and the Black House. We arrived at Black House at 12:30p at which time it was still closed for lunch (closed daily from 12p - 1p) so we sipped an excellent Thai ice tea waiting to enter. When it re-opened I spent an hour making my way through 13 or so black buildings built on what must be at least an acre of land, if not more. Many buildings were closed, but some that appeared closed were in fact open, their door just needed a nudge as was the case for bathroom. The most compelling for me was the reclining buddha in one of the buildings at the very rear of the grounds...do yourself the favor of happening upon this building. Also sit on some of the furniture under one of the open air shelters. It seemed to me this is part of Mr. Thawan Duchanee's installation - reflection.

Thank samir b
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

We made a last minute decision to see this and it was one of my favorite places . Truly incredible!! Loved the grounds and enjoyed all the art and the collections. Must see!

Thank billanddeb34683
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