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Baan Dam Museum
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$101.03*
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Chiang Rai Temples Galleries Art by Car Including Soothing Massage and Lunch
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$88.40*
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Private Trekking and Local Temple Day Tour in Chiang Rai
Ranked #8 of 89 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 April 5, 2013

Quirky and interesting, this site will get your camera clicking and your imagination buzzing. I'm glad I visited!!

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Reviewed April 1, 2013 via mobile

Not that interesting. The architecture was nothing spectacular. Not as impressive as you would see on some Wats, just looked different because it was all painted black.

Almost all of the buildings are closed/locked. The ones that are open dont have anything special in them, unless you are impressed by cows skulls and sea shells arranged around rooms.

Would have been disappointed if I had paid.

Tip: If you don't want to see everything that is included in the rip off tours that are offered in town for 1000baht +, you can just go to the central bus station and catch a bus for 20baht.
Then on your way back, you just cross the road From where you were dropped off and wait about 3mins and a Songtheaw will take you back for another 20baht. You can do the same with The White Temple, Golden triangle, MaeSai etc.
Much cheaper, you get to travel like the Thais and see what you want on your own schedule.

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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.

Thank Heila D
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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
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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.

Thank lovesthesun-7
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