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The Gallery

Art Gallery and Restaurant

The structure currently known as " The Gallery " was built in 1892 by the grandfather of the current owner/managing director, Surachai Leosawasthiphong. The grandfather, an immigrant from China, married a Chiangmai woman on whose property the structure was built. The site was initially the family store which sold cotton, silk and household items. Customers could enter from the street or from the special pier on the river. Surachai's family used the structure as the family home until 1978, when they moved to a new house.

In 1989, Surachai decided to restore the decaying structure. After six months of work, " The Gallery " opened for business. The front building, which currently houses the art gallery, was built in traditional Chinese style in stucco with molded motifs. The rear structure, the current riverside garden restaurant, was built of teak-wood in Northern style.

 With its combination of exquisite Lanna architecture, fine central Thai cuisine, and exhibits of Northern Thai art, "The Gallery" is the perfect setting for relaxation and entertainment during a stay in Chiang Mai. Set in a 100 year-old teak wood house on the bank of the Ping River, "The Gallery" with our terraced garden restaurant, is the ideal setting for romantic dinner or groups meetings, as well as for the couple desiring a riverside meal.

Open daily from noon until midnight.
For reservations Tel. (053) 248601-2

Tel. (053) 248601-2
Fax. (053) 248602, 246868
Voice Mail. (053) 246868

Mailing Address:
The Gallery
Managing Director
25, 27, 29 Charernras Road
Chiang Mai 50000

The owners proudly note that the mixture of architectural style reflects the ethnic mix of their family. It is one of the oldest structure remaining in Chiang Mai, and has received many awards over the years. These include:


The Best Conserved Structure Awards 1991 - The Lanna Architect Associations.

The Outstanding Conservation Awards 1993 - The Siam Architect Associations.

The Best of Asia 1994 - A culinary tribute from TIME magazine ( Business & Pleasure. The Ultimate Guide To The Top 80 Cities & resorts in 23 countries ) naming The Gallery as one of the best restaurants in Asia.

Excellent Establishment Awards 1996 - The country's top marketing experts.

November 24th, 1996. A historical visit by the US First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton and the US ambassador to Thailand Mr. William Itoh with their distinguished guests during the Loy Kratong festival.

Beautiful Chiang Mai Awards 1997 - The governor of Chiangmai in corporation with Siam and Lanna Architect Associations.

September 1998. The Gallery was chosen to be the "AMAZING RESTAURANT OF THAILAND" surveyed by TOURISM AUTHORITY OF THAILAND

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