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“Bizzare strange and mesmerising”
Review of Baan Dam Museum

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 #5 of 84 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.
Coolum Beach, Australia
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“Bizzare strange and mesmerising”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

We stumbled on this by chance after meeting two locals living in Chiang Rai as it is not very well signposted (about 10 mins north of city on Hwy1 just after Huon Hot Springs). You'll either love it or hate it- and we loved it! This is not your average temple complex rather an artist's indulgent fantasy on heaven hell and the human condition - prepare yourself for giant snakes, bears wolves and clams, oversized furniture made of water buffalo horns and skulls, strang modernist buildings in the shape of whales and domes next to classic temple buildigs carved out of black wood. Dark and disturbing but NOt to be missed! Best fo all it's free....

Visited October 2013
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“Quite and Experience”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

Just go and experience a first class interior decorators indulgence ... it is quite an artwork ... shame the art is so commercial. In the Bann Si Dum the artist delivers a fine and visually stunning theme park ... well worth a visit.

In fact it is a "Do Not |Miss" sort of thing near if one is near Chiang Rai.

Visited September 2013
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Phuket, Thailand
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“Take a pass...”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Yes, there is some underlying inspiration to the Black Houses, but it's not well interpreted, you can't access many of the structures, and by the end of your walk around on mossy grounds you'll wonder why you went.....take a pass.

Visited September 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“DIY and take your imagination”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

This was surprisingly easy to get to, without the need to pay for a tour, and a definite must see.

Go to the bus station and ask the tourist information people what platform the buses go from (I think it was 3 but check to be sure!). They also wrote the name down in Thai for us to give to the bus conductor. The Thai pronunciation is Baan Dum or Baan Dhua and our conductor told us when to get off. At first we thought she'd made a mistake when she pointed to a grassy path alongside a steel fence, which then took us over a rickety series of planks across a boggy, overgrown field. However in less than two minutes we arrived at what was clearly the back door that the locals use. This rather added to the experience of discovering a fantastical wonderland of beautiful buildings, stunning carving and death meets sex neo-gothic sculpture.

Take mosquito repellant and wander around for as long as you like, it was free entry and one of the highlights of our trip to Chiang Rai. The front door might be easier for the fainthearted!

Visited August 2013
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“Inside the Black house”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

After taking a look around, try to visit the inside of the Black (No cameras allowed ) on the long Tables are the skins of different Snakes which is incredibly so large that you will say OMG!!!!!

Visited July 2013
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