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“Very interesting!”
Review of Baan Dam Museum

Baan Dam Museum
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US$97.12*
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Chiang Rai Temples Galleries Art by Car Including Soothing Massage and Lunch
Ranked #4 of 80 things to do in Chiang Rai
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Bastia, France
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“Very interesting!”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

We took lots of photos and just loved the atmosphere here, the furniture etc and we had a very good guide (bobby) who spoke very good english and was really interesting and patient. Lol

Visited July 2014
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“Amazing Collection”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

You simply wander round this out door museum. An eclectic collection of all sorts of animal remains done as art.

Visited April 2014
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Langwarrin, Australia
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“Very interesting”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Strange but interesting place well worth wandering around for an hour or so. Eclectic mix of wooden architecture, skins, pellets, horns, art works, animals. Free entry too.

Visited August 2014
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Krabi Town, Thailand
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“An incredible house - worth the out-of-the-way trek”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

Imagine the Game of Thrones studio. Chairs made of horns and skulls, an epically long wooden table that looks like it took the entire 200-year-old tree... The Black House probably isn't that far off, at least in terms of the skulls and horns around.

Welcome to the personal home of Thawan Duchanee - a... quirky... sort of artist. Beyond the skulls and horns is another world that feels like it comes from a grislier version of a Dr. Seuss book. Photos are OK, but signs are around warning you not to touch. Also, some areas are off-limits, since the artist actually lives here. These areas aren't always well-marked, so try to be sensitive to that. It'll take some time to reach, but it'll be well worth it.

This is most easily reached via your own wheels, but any tuk-tuk will be happy to take you as well.

Visited December 2013
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“The Black House looks spooky but is interesting.`”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

After having visited Wat Rong Khun we came to the Black House and the difference is hard to discribe. It has a spooky appearance but once you enter the house and see the displays you will be facinated. Do not forget to go to have a look at the other displays outside of the house, many relics are displayed.

Visited January 2014
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