Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Center

Attraction Prapokklao Rd., T.Sriphum, A.Muang, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand Published on: 17-06-2016

1 hour
08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
04:00 PM
05:00 PM
Second-time visit
Must see
3.00 USD

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Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Center is an interesting stop 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.


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.


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

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Tips for you

  • Sometimes the audio to explain and present the exhibition doesn't work.
  • The entrance fee is 100 THB but If you want to view all the musuem, you need to pay more 80 THB.
    Ticket and Pricing
  • One ticket covers entry to all 3 museums.
    Ticket and Pricing
  • Ask tuk-tuk drivers to take you to the Three Kings Monument, and you should have no problems getting there.
  • There are lots of rooms that you could quite easily miss, make sure you go upstairs as well.
    Things to do
  • You can buy a combination ticket (180B) for three museums clustered closely together in Chiang Mai; Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Center and the Lanna Folklife Museum, and the Chiang Mai Historical Center.


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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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