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Baan Dam Museum

414 Moo 13, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand
+66 83 336 5333
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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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414 Moo 13, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand
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Reviewed today via mobile

Easy to get to my bus from terminal one in Chaing Rai. Only 20bhat although wouls consider other transport back to Chaing Rai Overall a great exhibition where you can get some great photographs. No explanations of any of the art pieces but still worthwhile.

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Reviewed yesterday

Although the artist was revered as one of Thailand's finest masters, this bizarre complex of numerous buildings appeared to be less worthy of world attention than the actual works of this artistic master. The buildings are medieval in design and nature and exhibit numerous furniture...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I had read a number of reviews about the Black House in Chiang Rai and none did it justice. I was expecting a single house with some crazy art, but no, it is a massive compound of dozens of buildings each looking wonderfully crazy! It...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

No must-see of Thailand, but a good thing to check out if you are already staying in Chiang Rai. It was a fun and interesting experience. Entrance-fee is 80Baht.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A strange place on the tourist trail. Lots of animal skins and horns located in many large black houses. Spread over a wide area, there's several things to see.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Every piece of art shows a kind of addiction of the artist. Addict to express a deep soul of loving life and do everything to keep life intact.. met other words,sexuality.

Thank Máté C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

At first I understood that we were going to ''another'' temple.....(maybe I should have checked Internet right?) Surprisingly it was not what I thought but an open sky........can we call it museum?.......packed with many interesting and eccentric objects and buildings. Internet is full of informations...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There were lots of buildings on the site. The biggest building had all exhibits of real skins / horns, etc from animals. Maybe if I went there with a guide who could tell more stories, my trip would be more enjoyable. After going around the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was Thawan Duchanee's studio. It's full of animal bits - skins and horns. I've seen his work at a few museums before I came, so it was cool to see how he used these things to inspire his work. I'd recommend looking up some...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Baandam museum is called the black house because most of the buildings are black which housed the collections of the artist (Thawan Duchanee).

Thank blrabbit
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Ellatalker
6 October 2017|
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Response from Madan Gopal M | Reviewed this property |
there is no dresscode, it is not a temple but museum
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rae-cole
6 November 2015|
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Response from peberpigen | Reviewed this property |
about 13 km from chiang rai, opposite direction of the white temple. (yin and yang between the artist with chiang rai in the center )
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kickinbackMaine
9 March 2015|
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Response from Darlene47 | Reviewed this property |
Open 0900 hours until 1200 hours then they close for lunch. Reopen at 1300 hours and close for the day at 1700 hours. Washrooms, eatery/snacks and gift shop on premises, no admission fee.
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