Baan Dam Museum, Chiang Rai

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Part private collection, part public exhibition, Baan Dam Museum belonged to veteran local artist Thawan Duchanee (now deceased). Examine arrangements of Duchanee's artworks, displayed in a vast feast hall, and admire the many finely sculpted wooden buildings on the property, which are works of art unto themselves. Black is both a physical description of the buildings' predominant color scheme, and a symbolic description of the macabre art, which is heavy on animal skulls, skins, sculptures of demons, and racks of antique guns. Use our Chiang Rai trip planner to arrange your visit to Baan Dam Museum and other attractions in Chiang Rai.
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  • One of the most eccentric and eclectic museums that I’ve ever seen. More than a little odd, on the animistic side of life. Some creepy feeling things, combined with nature and architecture that was in...  more »
  • Many people go to Chiang Rai to visit the famous White Temple. Corresponding to the White Temple, there is a black temple. Although the name of the Black Temple is Black Temple, it is a museum themed with the theme of death and hell. Locals call it Baan Dam Museum. Here, there is no buddha statue, let alone any monks. Instead, you'll see an unimaginable exhibit, like a variety of hunting tools, beast wrecks, animal specimens, devil reliefs, and so on. These exhibits are all about death and hell. Even more creepy is the black temple there is a room with no windows, locked up. People must pass through the gap in the door to see the exhibits inside, such as a pile of animal bones and so on. The creator of the Black Temple and these works of art is the famous Thai artist Thawan Duchanee. His works are very famous in the local area, and the price is not very high. However, because of the highly controversial nature of these works of art, Thawan Duchanee is also under intense scrutiny for his work. Admission: Free Opening hours: 9am to 5pm
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  • This place was incredibly cool. I really really enjoyed it. 80 baht is perfectly reasonable entry fee in my opinion. Several of the buildings were locked closed so I'm not sure why that was, but regardless I had a great time checking out everything available on display. If you like odd design and incredible detailed intricate woodwork you'll enjoy this museum.
  • Located in a nice, rural area outside of Chiang Rai it is a really interesting place to visit. In the afternoon it is crowded, but you can still enjoy the art. Even though there are quite a lot of animal skins and skeletons, it is more the carving of wood which stands out. When you drive by bus from the city bus station, you get a really nice experience of walking through the small village and arriving at this dark attraction. Would recommend, but come early to arrive before everyone else does!
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