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Another of Chiang Rai’s more extraordinary sites, in a town that’s blessed with several rather eccentric attractions, is the highly unusual Baan Dam.

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Commonly known as the Black House it’s a park containing a diverse and sprawling series of buildings, displays, sculptures and installations, lying in Ban Du district a short hop north of town. The park and highly eclectic contents are the life’s work of local and nationally renowned artist Thawan Duchanee.

Not a Hobbit in sight. Photo taken in or around Baan Dam, Chiang Rai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Not a Hobbit in sight. Photo: Mark Ord

Despite occasionally, and mistakenly, called the “Black Temple” this is not a religious site and the themes are apparently more general commentaries on the human condition rather than Buddhist, or even unorthodox Buddhist, as per the White Temple. While bewildered, or to put it bluntly gob-smacked, tourists wander around trying to make head or tail of it all, according to those that know far more we do on the subject, the intention is to represent the darkness ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)


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