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The Chiang Mai City Arts and Culture Centre

The Chiang Mai City Arts and Culture Centre was created to help local people understand the city's historical importance and culture.


 This fully modernized multimedia history and cultural education complex is in the very center of the old walled city in the old city hall building on Prapokklao Road between Rajdumnern Road and Rajwithee Road. It is also referred to as  the "Three Kings Monument" (Saam Kasat); (AKA Three men waiting for a bus by some expats) it's the large, restored white building just behind the famous statue.

In addition, the center contributes to conservation  tourism by preserving the heritage of the old city center and giving visitors the opportunity to know and understand the history of the city of Chiang Mai

After you watch the interesting English-subtitled orientation video about Chiang Mai and northern Thailand. Then you can wander around  rooms documenting the region's history and culture. They set out in chronological order from the pre-Muang period (700-1200 years ago) civilizations. Then the early kings through the wars with the Burmese and the last of the Local dynasty. There are also rooms devoted to Buddhism, agricultural development, hill tribes and other local cultures.

The mix of video, scale models,   photos,  murals and signage in Thai and English make for a truly entertaining, informative and eductional visit.

Chiang Mai City Arts and Culture Centre is open 8:30AM-5PM except Mondays.

Admission is 90 baht. +66 53-217793

Location : Prapokklao Rd., T.Sriphum, A.Muang, Chiang Mai 50200

Tel : 0-5321-7793, 0-5321-9833 Fax : 0-5321-9833
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The Tribal Museum in Chiang Mai


The Tribal Museum of Chiang Mai is a resource center established in 1965 as a result of a proposal by the noted anthropologist Prof. W.R. Geddes, for the study and preservation of the art and culture of the hill-tribe people of northern Thailand. By studying and making the world aware of the culture it will explain and preserve their history. It is located now since 1998 in its modern three-story building located by the lake surrounded by the Suan Lor Gao public park were you can relax and enjoy.

The hill tribes in northern Thailand include the Hmong, Akha, Lisu, Lahu, Karen and Yao and Tai Yai , The long neck Karen are not native t the area.  The Tribal Museum preserve and displays many of the traditional hill-tribe attire and artifacts including agricultural equipment, spiritual items, colorful embroidery, weapons, hunting traps and a of course a variety of musical instruments and jewelery.

Entry Fee: Free ( a small donation would be appreciated)

Ratchamangkla Park, Chang Puak Road, (300 meters north of the first ring road) Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tel: +66 53 221 933
located on the grounds of Ratchamangkala Park (Suan Lor Gao) on Chotana Road, just past (900 meters or so) the super highway (first ring road) The museum is open weekdays 9AM-4PM, with a slide and video presentation daily at10AM-2PM. Special group tours at weekends are possible with notice.

For more information contact "The Hilltribe Institute Museum", Chotana Road +66 53-210872 / +66 53-211933


lamphun-wat phra that hariphunchai-01     
       ited in mid-town, Wat Phra That Hariphunchai was built during the reign of King Arthitayarat, a descendant of Queen Chamthewi some 800 years ago.A principal landmark is the 46-metre tall golden Chedi which contains a hair of the Lord Buddha, having nine-tiered umbrella, made of gold weighing approximately 6,498.75 grams...

Chiang Rai

      on the bank of the Kok River within town area, contains what is believed to be the oldest Holy Relic even before King Mengrai built Chiang Rai. Doi Chom Thong has been a sacred site for aextremely long time. The site was surely reverenced as the home of local spirits before Buddhism arrived in the area.

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