A museum dedicated to Ganesh (or Ganesha, พระคเณศ in Thai), the elephant-headed, four-armed, pot-bellied god of the Hindu religion. The many statues, sculptures, and paraphernalia (more than 1,000 pieces total) are the private collection of a Thai artist. There's not a lot of English-language signage, but enough for an introduction to the diety who is one of the most popular among Hindus. You learn that Ganesh is revered as the remover and placer of obstacles, god of beginnings, patron of arts and intellect. You also learn why he is depicted holding a tusk in his hand, with a rat at his feet, and a snake wrapped around his torso. Located a short ride out of Chiang Mai city (on the road to Lamphun), the museum can be reached by taxi or motorbike. Admission is free. Small coffee shop across the street. Small shop on site to buy art and souvenirs.
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