Welcome to the 200th week of Travel Photo Thursday, and what virtual tours we have had during these weeks. I’m sure that we’ve been around this beautiful world of ours more than a few times. This week I’m taking you back to one of my favorite places, Thailand, and very specifically, Chiang Rai’s Black House, home to the artistic endeavors of Thai artist Thawan Duchanee.
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Chiang Rai is home to two major complexes; each the artistic endeavor of two different Thai artists. First, there’s the White Temple or Wat Rong Khun, the life work of Chalermchai Kositpipat.[button link=”http://budgettravelerssandbox.com/travel-photo-thursday-mar-2714-chiang-rais-white-temple/” type=”big” color=”green” newwindow=”yes”] White Temple[/button]
I visited both the White Temple and the Black House on the same day last February. Since then, Northern Thailand experienced an earthquake strong enough to cause significant damage to Wat Rong Khun. Thankfully, with an outpouring of support from the international community, the temple complex will be restored. Apparently, many of the buildings remain closed, but visitors are permitted on the grounds to take photos of the building exteriors.
Now, onto the topic of today’s Travel Photo Thursday, Baan Dam or the Black House. To confuse you even more, it is also known as the Black Temple (due to its temple like architecture), and officially the Bandaam Museum! Baan Dam is a little off the beaten track, about 7 kilometers from the White Temple. I was on a tour, so didn’t have to worry about getting there, but if you are on your own you’ll have to figure out the public bus, or maybe a taxi or tuk tuk. When I visited in February, there was no English signage.
The locals refer to the White Temple as “Heaven”. and Baan Dam as “Hell”.
A stunning teak hall, reminiscent of a Thai temple, greets visitors…
Then, you’ll lose of track of time, as you wander around
admiring gawking at what’s inside, some beautiful and lots of it is just downright weird!
Did you hear me
whimper shriek? There is no way in hell that I would be sharing my dinner table with this guy!
Can you imagine offering guests a seat at your dining room table? (NO ear nuzzling, please, I’m Canadian!)
Intricate wood carvings and other art work…
My new best friend 🙂 I think he could use some new dentures!
Finally, a peacock and bone work of art to admire…
Leaving the main hall I wondered what other
art work dead animals might be on display. First I stopped to admire a few of the buildings. Love that roof ornament and the door trim!
Next stop a traditional Thai house on stilts…
And what do we have underneath? More dead animals, of course! (Do you think there are any cows left in Northern Thailand?!)
And are you
looking at gaping at all those bones behind the cow’s head? If you’ve always dreamed of seeing ever wondered what an elephant skeleton looks like, today would be your day! 🙂
A wooden tub…(thinking Beverly Hillbillies here!) With all these dead animals, Jed, Granny and Ellie Mae would fit right in!
Are you thinking that we’ve seen all of the
interesting weird stuff? Not by a long shot!
We have a couple of more buildings that looking worthy of our exploration…
This reminds me of a dolphin! Actually, if I had taken the photo from the side you would know that it is a replica of a submarine!
Well the “submarine” wasn’t open, but the “igloo” was…
Walk right in Brace yourself… This guy looks harmless.
That’s one big crocodile he’s guarding!
And souvenirs are available at the gift shop…
In spite of the rather eerie artwork, I did enjoy my visit here. I highly recommend this as a go to destination for anyone visiting Northern Thailand.
Have you ever been to Black House? Would you visit?
This is an easy day trip out of Chiang Mai (lots of driving). My tour included the White Temple, Black House, and lunch for a very affordable $30.00.
If you are in Chiang Rai and want to visit on your own, ask you hotel to arrange a taxi or tuk tuk. You can also get a bus from the bus terminal.
Admission: Free (at least when I was there in February 2014).
Open daily form 9 am to 5 pm. Closed for lunch from 12 noon to 1 pm
Address: 414 Moo 13 Nanglae, Muang, Chiang Rai, 57100
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