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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
+66 83 336 5333
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Came here as part of the tour to the white temple, found the muesum to be quite disturbing! Buildings are pretty nice and unique yet there are dead animals everywhere you look, unsettling and strange exhibits, this place is more of a Satanist worshiping place!...More

Thank Noah N
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is an incredible art area, although not if you are vegan, vegetarian or have an issue with many, many, many animal skins and skulls? Nearly 40 black houses in various construction types, from traditional to futuristic, are within the grounds...all with a common theme...More

Thank Sali C
Reviewed 4 days ago

We travelled in a group of 7 adults and visited here after visiting the white temple. Baan Dam Museum also known as "The Black House" Black House is a contemporary artwork museum comprised of artist Thawan Dunchanee's lives work. It is a unique and interesting...More

Thank clvnlaw
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Musuem is weird and quite big but only the main santuraly hall is open to visit. Other rooms are locked and many of them dont even have a window or a spot to look inside them. The entrance is 80 baht and we went...More

Thank Faisal R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found this place rather curious. Collection of buildings decorated by fallic motives with ample use of male genitalia depictions, horns and other symbols suggesting the narcissistic nature of the artist. A must do place when in Chiang Rai but will leave you questioning the...More

Thank MarciTravels
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for a visit, obviously different from the usual type of attractions nearby, the artist has put his distinct mark on traditional type buildings, very nice place to have a relaxing walk round

Thank Gordon D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This amazing spot is the brainchild of one man, Thawan Duchanee. This is a collection of unique buildings, sculptures, paintings etc etc and set in beautiful grounds. Well worth a visit and it is sure to inspire all who do.

Thank JohnAnnaResort
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My second visit was actually better than the first. I got more time to study the details of the buildings and what was inside.

Thank Eivlid
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spent about 2 hours here just roaming around the grounds. We didn't take the guided tour but there's a map with some info on it. Nice design...

Thank William Y
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went here yesterday and took a bus from bus station 1 to the temple, took around 25 minutes and cost 20 baht. It's 80 baht to get into the black house but there is a lot more to see at the this place than...More

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How far away is the Black house from Chiang Rai and White Temple?
5 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 )
Hours opened?
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.