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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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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
414 Moo 13, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand
+66 83 336 5333
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Worth the visit. Peculiar craftsmanship and may be considered scary by some but definitely worth seeing.

Thank sait s
Reviewed 3 days ago

building were very nice and beautiful and picturesque but didn't like the stuff inside. they had dead animals skin and other stuff related to dead animals.

Reviewed 4 days ago

Went with a guide. I love what this guy did with the space. Many beautiful and different buildings with various collections in side. It reminded me of Citizen Kane. The whole area is calming and special.

Thank Jonathon G
Reviewed 1 week ago

To be honest, I have feeling as from warehouse. Many things, no any idea, dark place, I cannot understand, what's artist would like to say. But visit was a part of trip package. Entry fee as 80THB is too much.

Thank MartinPrague67
Reviewed 1 week ago

i liked the black buildings but not the art work inside. which was comprised more of animal skins and stuff made of skins.

Thank namanniy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is definitely worth a visit. You don't have to take an organised tour as a tuk tuk driver will take you, which is what we did. However we may have missed out on some explanations and interpretation of this weird and wonderful place. Needs...More

Thank thurnestar
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

During our tour of Chiang Rai our your guide gave us this add-on right after we had been to the White Temple. Phew the contrast between the two is massive and doing it like this gave us more appreciation for both. In my opinion it...More

Thank Sheryn J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While this is not is cheery place, it is interesting and reflects northern Thailand lanna culture and art among other themes. When we were there a local children musical group played music in the main house that gave it a special feel as one wandered...More

Thank mary alyce o
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The a black house with a bunch of same decoration throughout all the building, and the entrance cost is higher than most other places that we've visited.

Thank Tung T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excited when I saw the buildings which were mostly stunning but the macabre collection of dead animals is just sick. Regretted paying this sadistic "artist" any money at all.

Thank tes108
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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 )
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.