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Timings : Monday to Sunday : 9 AM - 5 PM .
(closed during 12 PM to 1 PM for Lunch)

Time Required : 1-2 hours

Entry Fee : THB 80 per person

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Baan Dam Museum, Chiang Rai Overview

Baan Dam Museum is a collection of around 40 buildings of varying shapes and sizes spread across a beautiful garden. The traditional Thai structures are dark-coloured, and the funky white-igloos with cool graffiti on the outside. Though all the structures are not open to the public, the garden makes for a pleasant stroll.

Commonly known as The Black House, Baan Dam Museum contains the work of the renowned artist Thawan Duchanee. It is usually mistaken to be a temple, but it is a mix of a museum, art sculptures and buildings. The dazzling designs have the traditional Thai culture embedded in them. The main hall is filled with animal skulls and skin to indicate the suffering Buddha witnessed. Baan Dam is an inspirational and mysterious visit for all the art lovers.

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Highlights of Baan Dam Museum

Baan Dam Museum is both artistic and mysterious at the same time. Here are a few unusual things you’ll get to see here.
  • A table of epic proportions with a snake-skin table runner, running the length of the table.
  • Animal skulls and buffalo horns indicating old-age, sickness and death that Buddha witnessed everywhere.
  • Artwork describing human desires and cravings.
  • A huge whale-like building which was artist Thawan Duchanee’s home when he was on-site.
  • A circular room lined with chairs made of animal skin and buffalo horns.

How to Reach

The easiest way to reach Baan Dam Museum is by renting a motorcycle, scooter or a car. 
Via Tours
Another option would be to book either a shared or private trip from any Chiang Rai tour office. 
By Bus
One can also get to this place from local buses, which will include a bit of walking and waiting. It would be around a 30-minute bus journey from the old bus terminal in the middle of Chiang Rai (adjacent to the Night Market). A 7-10 minute walk from the bus – stop will take you to the back entrance of Baan Dam Museum.

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