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Baan Dam Museum
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Ranked #5 of 77 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.
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“Elegant Simpicity”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013

Plan to spend a couple of hours at Baan Si Dum. It is stunning in it's simplicity and elegance. the wooden pillars, works of art as well as magnificent gardens begs of one to linger a little longer. no visit to Chiang Rai would be complete without s visit to The Black House. A good tour guide is an absolute must and Sipohn of Untouched Thailand Tours certainly fitted the bill at all levels required by a discerning traveler.

Visited March 2013
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“Blown away”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

This place gets mixed reviews ,but we were blown away by the talented artist and his amazing home.the dwelling layout beautiful plants including carnivorous Saracena pitcher plants hanging in the trees there are 2 huge pythons in a cage and the largest swans ihav seen ona lake i need togoback and spend more time plus amazing art by Thai artists spectacular I

Visited March 2013
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“Interesting, and Different Attraction. . .”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

We were taken to the Black House by a friend who was showing us the sights of Chiang Rai, and saw it on the same day as our visit to the White Temple. There is certainly a huge contrast between the two places. Like the White Temple, the Black House is an on-going project by a living Thai artist, and it was definitely interesting to wander amongst the buildings most of which are filled with animal skins, skulls, and other rather odd collections. We found it to be a rather foreboding place, mildly creepy, and yet fascinating at the same time. We are glad to have had the opportunity to see it, though found an hour to be ample for us. There is no admission fee.

Visited January 2013
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“Only worth an hour or so!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

Getting to the Black House is simple - go to Chiangrai Bus Station and get the local bus from stand 5 or 6 (check with conductor) it costs only 20 Baht one way about half an hour. To return cross the road from where you got off the bus and flag a bus down to go back to Bus Station. I have included some photo's of a shortcut when you have got off the bus to get to The Black House - along the side of the wall are some planks - go across and follow the grassy path - it leads straight to the site. We were told of this by the bus conductor.

Entrance is free..

The Black House is closed between 12 & 1 pm but does have an arty exhibit and a small shop - + benches to wait out of the sun and clean toilets.

The small area is a collection of buildings filled with mostly skins / horns / shells - it can be walked around easily within an hour. The setting is lovely with lots of trees / shade / grass. The exhibits are a bit different and quirky - several of the buildings are closed but there is still enough open to get a good feel for the place. It would be ideal to do The White Temple and The Black Temple in one day to see how really different they are from each other.

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Visited March 2013
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“Inspiring and challenging art & architechture”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

Make what you will of this interesting museum,art gallery and temple .
You will need a guide to find it as it is 10km north of the city, but well worth the trip.

Visited March 2013
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