Lanna Woodcarving Art Museum is the exhibition center of antiques and woodcarving masterpieces which attracts a large number of visitors every year.
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Why Lanna Woodcarving Art Museum is special ?
A privately owned 4-stories museum and arts collection displaying wood carving in Chiangmai Province. This amazing and unbelievable place is located on the Chiangmai - Sanpatong highway between kilometers 19 and 20. The museum is a traditional Lanna - style house containing a large collection of valuable and very hard to find wood carvings from small to large sizes which were made by local carvers.
This museum is the labor of love of a Thai man, Charoui Na Soonton, who has collected more than 1,000 wood carvings. The “museum” is actually his house, a warren-like maze of rooms filled with carvings in all styles, from giant elephants to intricate bas-relief carvings displaying an episode from the Ramakien (the Thai version of the Ramayana).
What to explore at Lanna Woodcarving Art Museum?
There are Buddha statues, columns with traditional deities elephants, goddesses, demons and more. Some of the pieces on the wall are up to 20 feet long and may be up to 6 feet high.
The museum (house) is spread out between three or four floors; one of the staircases consists of old, wooden wagon wheels. The carvings extend out onto balconies and then into a garden at the back of the house. Expect to spend at least an hour wandering through the labyrinth.
In addition to collecting carvings, Charoui also commissions them from several carvers who are allowed to carve without specific deadlines. He has scoured the countryside for old wood for use in the carving.
There is also a store where you can buy beautiful carvings.
How to get to Lanna Woodcarving Art Museum?
By car: Drive along Chiangmai-Sanpatong highway to Km. 19-20
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