Thailand’s northernmost province of Chiang Rai is a great cradle for Thai art scenes. The birthplace and residence of many renowned Thai artists, Chiang Rai hosts a grand collection of Thai arts that tell the stories harking back to its origins. Ancient cultures adapted arts and modern forms entitled this Lanna province to be one of the best destinations for art admirers.
Wat Rong Khun
One of the most exquisite temples in Thailand, Wat Rong Khun was created by the celebrated national artist – Chalermchai Kositpipat – whose deep patriotism, religious and royal devotions had rewritten the forms
of Thailand’s modern religious art.
Known for its gigantic woven Buddha, this temple is a testament of the community’s united souls. The Buddha, inspired by the ancient ‘Thai Khun’ religious art of Myanmar, boasts intricate woven patterns over its steel structure. Highlights include the Buddha base tunnel that visitors can sneak in for a private merit-making and inspecting of the
Buddha’s inner core.
Ban Dam Museum
The all-black and very spacious residence of Thawan Duchanee – one of Thailand’s greatest artists, Ban Dam (meaning black house) Museum showcases a vast collection of Northern Thai arts, local and adapted. Prepare to spend hours browsing through their comprehensive exhibits.
Khua Silapa (Art Bridge) Project
Built as a space that connects the arts and the people, Khua Silapa features works of various local artists along with a café and a restaurant.
The Hall of Opium
Once Thailand’s largest source of opium, the Golden Triangle now houses this multimedia museum where poppy growing, opium-using stories are cataloged alongside the local cultures and histories.
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Attractions near Chiang Rai
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The Golden Triangle
The riverfront intersection of three countries (Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos), the ancient Golden Triangle is a
must-visit spot while in northernmost Chiang Rai. Take a river cruise tour, visit the Golden Triangle Buddha, and put a dent in your wallet through lines of souvenir shops.
Wat Rong Suea Ten
This temple features adapted religious architecture that eulogizes the glories of the Buddha. Designed by a local Chiang Rai artist – Khru Salanok – this temple features the famous form-floating nagas exquisitely adorned in colorful details.
Tham Luang – Khun Nam
Nang Non-Forest Park Thailand’s magnificent karstic cave was rich with speleological treasures. Bring your
own lighting equipment and heed the weather forecasts. The cave is closed during the rainy season, usually
from July – November due to the seasonal deluge.