Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday (our 163rd!). Chinese New Year is behind us, and this weekend the annual Flower Festival is happening. Chiang Mai is busy busy right now, so it’s good to know a quiet place to slip off to when you need a break from the madding crowd. Just steps from Chiang Mai City Gate you’ll find the walled garden Baan Phor Liang Meun. Hundreds of terracotta figures call this calm oasis home, for at least a little while. Don’t visit without your camera. Have fun with the light. Here are a few of the shots I took on a recent visit.
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You’ll find yourself admiring hundreds of terracotta reproductions representing the wide range of religious art of South East Asia. The Hindu gods, Ganesha and Vishnu, seem quite happy sharing space with Buddha. Don’t miss the bas relief panels from monuments in South East Asia (Angkor Wat) and Indonesia (Borobudur). Adjacent to the garden, in a beautiful teak house, you’ll find a showroom where you can often watch artisans sculpting by hand.
The eyes are a little creepy…:)
Keeping with the ancient look, we have some ruins…
These nagas look a little nasty!…
Love this gorgeous elephant…
You might be wondering why some of these statues are green. Well, it isn’t my bad editing skills! This garden exists so that the statues have a place to age. They are all for sale, and will be purchased by temples, businesses, or individuals. Who wants an ancient statue that looks new?
The people who own Baan Phor Liang Meun have also built a 55 acre terracotta arts garden about 45 minutes outside of Chiang Mai in Lamphun. The park is called Suan Mai Thai Pan Phor Liang Meun. To get there you really need your own transportation. I visited once, and we discovered that it was not very easy to find. In fact, the first person we stopped for directions pointed us towards the local “love motel”! Who knows why, but we had a good laugh. There isn’t much online about the park, but you can find out a little more at this site. If you do decide to head to Lamphun, either ask for directions at the showroom in Chiang Mai, or call their office in Lamphun (053-000-222).
I couldn’t find anything online confirming opening times. I’ve been there in the morning and the late afternoon. You can always call the showroom and ask (053-28-187)
Admission is free.
Should you find a the perfect piece for your garden, shipping can be arranged 🙂
Close to Chiang Mia City Gate…
If the map confuses you, or maybe it’s just me!…
Located on the south side of the moat at Chiang Mai Gate, just behind the Chiang Mai Market. Turn left at soi 6 on the western edge of the market. You’ll see a small parking lot. Turn right here, and the gate to the garden is on your right.
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