This relatively new attraction on the outskirts of Chiang Rai can be difficult to find by the independent traveller as a result of the poor signage. While I was present there were many tour groups present which seems to be the usual way of visiting this attraction.
Much of it is the work of local artist Thawan Duchanee and as such showcase some of his artwork as well as those of others.
Basically it consists of several Thai style buildings of different sizes and uses, as well as some very modern buildings. The colour of the Thai buildings is predominantly black hence the name of the attraction. In many of the buildings buffalo horns and skeletal and skin remains of animals are used as decorations.
There is a shop selling the usual tourist paraphernalia as well as some foodstuffs.
The overall experience is challenging in that it is difficult to discern what the artist(s) are attempting to achieve. On the one hand it could be an ostentatious display of wealth or at the other extreme simply an unusual venue to display art and craft work which does not always fit in to the usual Thai mould.
One could not help feeling that in some of the buildings there was a really strong feel for the occult.
Nevertheless this attraction is well worth a visit as it really is out of the ordinary for Thailand.
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