Once you are interesting in the history and culture of Northern Thailand, you shoult visit for half a day this nice, quiet and modest museum. It was opened by the King of Thailand in 1973 and is showing you the history of the old LAN NA Kingdom.
You'll have a nice morning, discovering that there exist 66 Wats in Chiang Mai and many other cultural and artistic items of North Thailand.
The entrance fee is only 30 Bath.
The only thing is, that you are not allowed to take photos inside this museum. For that reason
there is no picture with this Tip to Do.
Opening hours; for 9 am to 4 pm. Every day exept festival days.
This museum is located about 2km north-west of the old city, along the Superhighway next to Wat Jet Yot, which is worthy of a visit if you're coming to the museum (see next tip). The museum is housed in a Thai style building with a traditional northern or Lanna style rooftop that was opened by King Rama IX in 1973. The museum features six exhibitions spread over 2 storeys. These are:
1. The natural and cultural background of the Lanna kingdom.
2. The history of the Lanna kingdom from the establishment of Chiang Mai to it being controlled by Burma from 1558 to 1769.
3. Chiang Mai under the Kingdom of Siam from 1782.
4. Trade and economy of the Lanna kingdom from 1782 to 1939.
5. The modern way of life and social development
6. The development of Lanna art and history of art in Thailand from the Dvaravati period to the present day.
Exhibits include bronze Buddha statues and heads, brassware, lacquer ware, stone and wood carvings.
Open: 9am-4pm Wed-Sun. Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays. Admission: 30 baht.
This temple is a unique and elegant temple located next door to the Chiang Mai National Museum, about 2km north-west of the old city, along the Superhighway. It was built in 1455 during the reign of King Tilokkarat, whose remains are in one of the temple's small chedis. In 1477, it hosted the eighth meeting of the World Buddhist Council, convened to clarify doctrinal matters.
The temple's architecture is patterned after the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, India, where the Buddha found enlightenment. The seven spires represent the seven weeks he subsequently spent in meditation there. The temple also incorporates Thai, Lao, Indian, and Chinese influences, giving it a unique but elegant appearance. The rectangular base of the pagoda is decorated with 70 weathered bas-reliefs, considered masterpieces of Lanna art.