Discover Thailand’s vibrant modern arts. See controversial sculptures created by the country’s most famous artists at ‘White Temple’ and ‘Black House’. Travel into the hills to visit a pottery workshop and the unique ‘Blue Temple’. A meeting with a local expert provides further insight into Chiang Rai’s thriving artisan communities.
Art Scene of Chiang Rai (GT) - Full Day
You will be picked up at 08:30. Gain a unique perspective on Thailand’s arts scene with this insightful tour.
Start the day with a visit to Wat Rong Khun, which translates to ‘The White Temple’. This contemporary Buddhist temple was designed by the renowned artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. See the remarkable depictions of heaven and hell displayed in mural paintings and an eccentric sculpture garden. Unlike any other temple in Thailand, The White Temple pushes the boundaries of Buddhist art, resulting in an evocative- and controversial- display.
Continue to Baan Dam, a collection of 15 buildings filled with thought-provoking modern art. The ‘Black House’, as it is known, is the brainchild of Thawan Duchanee, a famed Thai artist who has gone on to achieve international acclaim. Explore the extensive collection of folk art and modern sculptures intended to represent hell. Also steeped in controversy, The Black House is one of Thailand’s most innovative art spaces.
Return to Chiang Rai’s city centre and visit ArtBridge, a collective space established by the Chiang Rai art community. Meet with a local art expert who will share his passion for the arts and explain about the various activities of the centre. Browse the collection of works on display then enjoy lunch at ArtBridge’s fantastic restaurant.
This afternoon continues along the artisan trail with a visit to the ‘Blue Temple’. This modern temple reflects an architectural style not found elsewhere in Thailand and a decoration style that borders on whimsical. Take a close look at the temple and marvel at its amazing collection of scripture art.
The final stop of the day’s Chiang Rai art exploration is Doi Din Dang Pottery, which is both the residence and gallery of a famed Thai potter. Located high in the hills, the potters draw inspiration from their surroundings to make beautiful decorative pieces and functional housewares. Explore the incredible display of fine ceramics and enjoy the tranquil setting. (L)
- Doi Din Dang Pottery is closed on Sundays.
- Children between 2 and 11 years at the time of travel will receive a 10% discount.
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