Baan Phor Liang Meun
Ancient Terracotta Arts Centre
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Early one morning, my good friend Alyse and I went wandering, for nothing more than the purpose of exploring. We hadn’t been gone 5 minutes when we found ourselves walking down a narrow winding alley. We were only a few hundred meters from the touristy Chiang Mai Gate in the old city centre of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Fairly engulfed in our conversation, and overwhelmed by the contrast of the life happening in the alley compared to that of the busy nearby gate, our senses were already in overload. We walked a couple hundred meters down the narrow street, when in mid step, Alyse stopped in her track without saying a word. I turned around to see her gazing through the pillars of of the wall surrounding our neighbouring lot. She was looking in to what one could only imagine being a secret garden that had been lost somewhere in time. Inside the garden’s walls lay 100’s if not thousands of ancient terracotta statues strewn across the mossy interlocked stonework.
We worked our way along the brick enclosure until we came across an ornately decorated gate that looked it could be hundreds of years old. We tried tirelessly to figure out how to open the gate, even if just for a peak inside the garden, but to no avail. We snapped a few shots of us standing in front of the doorway, and decided to carry on our journey down the magical alley.
About 15 paces later, we found the “Real” entrance. A smaller, but similarly decorated doorway which was propped open. We stepped inside and began exploring what could only be described as ‘the ancient Thai experience we had both come in search of”. 10’s upon 100’s of ancient terracotta statues, plaques, wall panels and lanterns filled the open air showroom. We carried on, turing around a corner only to discover that this incredible garden was actually only 1/3 of a giant U-shaped area… each with more ancient terracotta treasures just as incredible as the next to explore.
We spent a good 45 mins to an hour examining the seemingly endless rows upon rows of ancient terracotta masterpieces… though some almost seemed to be touched up, or restored, with a few details which just didn’t seem to be as worn as the others. There also seemed to be a few figures which seemed a little out of place, such as some not-so-ancient terracotta kangaroos.
I would definitely recommend this for anyone looking for a piece of ancient Thai culture, a nice walk in a beautiful garden, or maybe looking to buy some really cool and unique souvenirs or gifts! Enjoy!
SEE – Photos & Videos
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GO – Getting There
As directions can be a little difficult to give, being down a fairly narrow roadway, it’s best to write down the address AND phone number (in case whomever you’re asking can’t understand your pronunciation).
The address is as follows:
36 Prasing soi 2 Phrapokklao Rd.,
Muang, Chiang Mai 50100
And the phone number:
+66(0)53 00 0222
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Do – Activities & Attractions
Stay – Accommodation
Eat – Restaurants
Time – Seasonality & Schedules
There are no times listed, though opening times of shops often ranges from 9am-10am around Chiang Mai. It appears to close around 5pm most days.
Safety – Possible risks
Please Note: Travel inherently comes with an element of risk (just like crossing the road does). You are putting yourself in elements that are unfamiliar and foreign to your usual lifestyle and with that, become more susceptible to fall victim those who try to play off those unfamiliar to their local scams. There are also potential dangers in the environments to which you may not be accustomed to.
Please take extra care in travelling, ensure that you have adequate medical insurance (accidents seem to happen when you least expect them), and have let a trusted colleague, family member or friend know your whereabouts and activities.
Where Sidewalks End travel advises you to travel at your own risk, and to be extra aware of your surroundings (without letting it spoiling your time).
Pay – How much does it cost?
Being a display gallery, it is free to enter. The only costs you may incur will be a result from your urge to want to buy one of the pieces displayed here!
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Have you ever stumbled upon something that was truly magical and entirely by accident? Where was it and how did it make you feel while you explored it’s wonders?
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