Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Center

Attraction Prapokklao Rd., T.Sriphum, A.Muang, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand Published on: 08-06-2016

1 hours 30 mins
08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
03:00 PM
04:30 PM
Second-time visit
Attraction
Cultural
Museum
Kids
Art
0.09 USD

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Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Center is an interesting location for visitors to discover and understand the history, art and culture of the city.

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Why Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Center is special ?

The Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Center is an interesting attraction near the Three Kings Monument (Saam Kasat). This multimedia history and cultural education centre offers English-subtitled video displays of Chiang Mai, followed by tours of the rooms documenting the region's history and culture since the pre-Muang period. There are also exhibits showcasing Buddhism and regional beliefs, as well as agricultural history, hill tribes and other regional cultures, and the royal dynasties are also represented. The guides are elegantly outfitted in traditional Thai clothing. The Center is a must-visit for anyone interested in learning more about the rich culture and history of Chiang Mai.


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What to explore at Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Center?

The Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Center is Thai traditional teak houses, with exquisitely etched doors and windows. Within the area, there are plenty of souvenir shops, hill tribe villages, and antique fabric museum “Saban Nga”, in which more than 60 photographs are kept to display the town generality, tradition and culture, costumes, and life styles of the north people 100 years ago. Moreover, the site exhibits more than 6000 archaic textiles, and the stories of each hill tribe as well. Tour guides will take visitors around, narrating about history and unique features of each hill tribe textiles.

At night, dinner in Thai northern style “Kantok” is provided. Each of Kantok set consists of several Lanna local menus, such as Namprik Ong (Thai Northern Style Pork and Tomato Relish) served with pork cracklings, Namprik Noom (Green Pepper Chili Paste), Kaeng Hang Le (Hang Lay Curry), Mee Krob (Crispy noodles), and other 8 menus. Anyone prefers to dine on the floor can feel more at ease by laying their backs on northern triangle shaped pillows provided. Apart from dining, tourists can also enjoy a rare-to-find Lanna cultural performance, and hill tribe performances; Karieng, Mong(Maew), Akha, Musur, Yao, and Lisu as well. The show of each tribe is distinct. It welcomes visitors everyday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Anyone interested can contact 0 5327 4540, 0 5327 5097 for further information.

As for those who yearn to taste Lanna Kantok and try seeing the show outside the center, you can visit Lanna Kantok-Petchngam Hotel Tel. 0 5327 0080-5, Maeping Kantok-Imperial Maeping Hotel Tel. 0 5327 3900, Khum Kaew Palace Tel. 0 5321 4315, Kantok Baan Roii Chan-Pang Suan Kaew Hotel Tel. 0 5322 4444, and Sipsong Panna Tel. 0 5381 0695. The service time and rate of all these restaurants are quite the same.

Source: http://www.tourismthailand.org/See-and-Do/Sights-and-Attractions-Detail/Chiang-Mai-City-Arts-Cultural-Center--149

Selling points

  • “Nice center with interesting exhibits”
  • “a museum in a beautiful historical building”
  • “lots of information packed into a small area”
  • “Good place to learn history of Chiangmai”
  • “A good starting point to understand the Lanna culture and history”
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Duration
5.0 days
Estimated
235.13 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
14 places

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Prapokklao Rd., T.Sriphum, A.Muang, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

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Tips for you

  • Ask tuk-tuk drivers to take you to the Three Kings Monument, and you should have no problems getting there.
    Transportation
  • Outside the city walls, visitors should have no problem paying 50 to 100 baht for a tuk-tuk ride to the Center
    Transportation
  • There are lots of rooms that you could quite easily miss, make sure you gou upstairs as well.
    Things to do
  • One ticket covers entry to all 3 museums.
    Things to do
  • If you only have time for one museum, visit the Arts and Cultural Centre
    Things to do
  • They provide different language guide book for tourist to read with the model display.
    Service
  • There is nothing prohibited from eating unless pork is not on your menu.
    Food
  • This is a great place to go if you are interested in the history of Chiang Mai
    Experience
  • It resembles a marketstreet in the old days with all the different kind of vendors.
    Things nearby

Reviews

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Visiting a museum is not what most people will do when visiting Thailand. But maybe it is nice alternative on a rainy day or on a very hot day. I was a bit surprised with the negative reviews. The museum certainly isn't boring. There are a lot of visual displays, like the room with "Life in the city". It resembles a marketstreet in the old days with all the different kind of vendors. It is really well done. This makes it also very interesting to visit when travelling with kids.And i agree with previous reviews, the absolute star is the building itself. A very elegant historical building, with some very nice courtyards.

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This is something worth taking in! Meal was fantastic; dancing inside with the women and men doing traditional dances with multiple changes in costumes; moved outside for more dancing. Watch out for the dragon. It's looking for money. ;o)

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Went to the cultural centre on the last day of our stay in Chiang Mai, when we were watted out and shopped out. Didn't want to travel too far, so opted to stay within the walls of the Old City. The centre is listed in the Lonely Planets guide and website, so, we thought it might be worth a few hours of our time.The centre is located off Phra Pokklao Rd, a short walk from the centre of the Old Town, and situated in a reasonably pleasant square off the main (busy) road, behind the Three Kings Monument. The building itself has a rather pleasant colonial feel, and walking through the building allows you glimpses of enclosed courtyards which could have been made into lovely gardens. For me, the building was the star of the show.There is an entrance fee (can't remember the exact price). The first stage of the visit starts with the obligatory short self-promotory video clip, which promotes Chiang Mai as the destination of the year. From then on, visitors follow a winding path through the various rooms of the centre, which attempt to give an introduction of the history and culture of the Chiang Mai region. The problem is that the rooms are stuck in a sort of 60's timewarp. Displays consist mainly of picture boards with many words, miniature dioramas in plex-glass frames, or a few dusty mock-ups of various cultural items. The few computer displays that were present were either just as boring, or not working. Quite a few display items were non-functional. Every room had one or two staff members, who's sole purpose in life seemed to be to hang around and chat with each other, or be engrossed in their mobile phones. The warmest welcome we received was when we walked into the souvenir shop.The best part of the visit was the one-room photography exhibition at the end of the centre, and this was only a temporary exhibit.

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Visiting a museum is not what most people will do when visiting Thailand. But maybe it is nice alternative on a rainy day or on a very hot day. I was a bit surprised with the negative reviews. The museum certainly isn't boring. There are a lot of visual displays, like the room with "Life in the city". It resembles a marketstreet in the old days with all the different kind of vendors. It is really well done. This makes it also very interesting to visit when travelling with kids. And i agree with previous reviews, the absolute star is the building itself. A very elegant historical building, with some very nice courtyards.

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