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Singhaklai Road, near the TAT building, has a huge statue of King Mongkut at the main entrance. Prehistoric tools, two medieval cannons, costume examples, ancient pottery and examples of ancient Lanna literature in the Dhamma script.
620/1 Tanalai Rd, tel. 053-740-088. Center of town, upstairs from Cabbages and Condoms restaurant. Principal goal is promoting understanding of local hill tribes and their cultures. Displays include housing styles, tools, utensils and traditional hunting, fishing and agricultural equipment.
The region’s largest collection of art items relating to the Lanna / Tai culture. The “Haw Kam” Golden Pavillion’s Shan halls containing accoutrements collected by Princess Maha Chakri. Examples of Lanna craftsmanship include seven-armed candelabra, Buddha images, wooden alters, embroided cloths for wrapping Buddhist scriptures, carved wood screens, swords and monk’s fans. Haw Kaew has a permanent teak wood exhibition, an indigenous botanical collection, and revolving displays.
81/1 Na Khai Road, Tambon Rob Wiang (near Den Ha market) 1km from the centre of town. The collection includes objects used in the royal courts such as Lanna, Khum Chao Phare and Khum Chao Chiang Mai. Part of the collection is from north-east Myanmar, southwest China and Vietnam, and is 500-1,000 years old.
A pavilion dedicated to the life of the Princess Mother (mother of the present king, King Rama IX). On display are fine collections of lacquer boxes, wood pulleys, pottery, weaving equipment and some old handwritten folded texts with drawings. Admission is free.
North of the new airport, to the other side of the highway, next door to Rajapat Teacher’s College.
Mae Fa Luang University. Established in cooperation with Mae Fa Luang University and the People’s Republic of China. The center was built as a memorial to honor the Princess mother as a symbol of friendship between the two nations. The Suzhou Chinese structure architecture, building decorations and garden ornaments use authentic materials shipped from China. Tel: 0 5391 7093, 0 5391 7097 http://www.mfu.ac.th