Chiang Rai Museums

Cultural Hall Museum

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.

Hilltribe Museum & Education Center

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.

Mae Fah Luang Art & Cultural Park

  • Location: 313 Moo 7 Baan Pa Ngiew, Tambom Robwiang, Chiang Rai. (5km west of town on Hong Lee Road.)
  • Phone: 053 716605
  • Opens: Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30am – 5:30pm

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.

Oub Kham Museum

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.

  • Open daily: 09.00-17.00 hrs.
  • Admission: adults is 200 Baht and for children 100 Baht.
  • Tel: 0 5371 3349.

Princess Mother ’90 Museum

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.

The Chiang Rai Cultural Center

North of the new airport, to the other side of the highway, next door to Rajapat Teacher’s College.

The Sirindhorn Chinese Language & Culture Center

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

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