|Chiang Mai City Arts &
Discovering the True Identity of Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai, 697 km north of Bangkok, is famous for its
magnificent natural features and rich cultural heritage.
The city's historical background can be traced back to
the ancient Lanna Kingdom (1259-1939) when Chiang Mai
served as its administrative, economic and cultural capital.
For those whose time is limited but who still want to
discover the true identity of Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai City
Arts and Cultural Centre is recommended.
In front of
the centre, the three
Kings Monument is situated.
Chiang Mai City
& Cultural Centre
Established in 1997, the Centre is well located in a beautiful
historical building constructed in 1924. The front part
of the building is used for permanent exhibits and the
rear is dedicated to other cultural activities and temporary
exhibitions. Permanent Exhibits comprise 15 sections,
which are divided by periods and topics. Now let's have
a quick tour of exhibitions inside the Centre together.
The delicate Lanna art
|1. Chiang Mai Today:
A digital video presentation will be shown as an
overview of the entire exhibition and as an introduction
to the interesting history of Chiang Mai.
2. The Prehistory of Chiang Mai: This part of
the building displays traces of prehistoric civilizations
in Lanna. It shows the settlement of former inhabitants
and tools that they used.
3. The Civilization of Two Valleys:
The civilization of the Kok and Ping River Valleys are
presented on wall-mounted transparencies. The exhibition
in this room illustrates how the animism, and religion
had influence on the city's plan.
of the City: The exhibition illustrates
how the coronation of King Mengrai and "Seupchata"
ceremony, a ritual for longevity, have set the belief
related to the shape of the city.
Environment and Culture: This section displays
the cultural integration in the northern region.
6. The Past 100 Years: This part exhibits
pictures of woods and models that indicate the forestry
in the past. A mock-up of a steam train at Khun
Tan tunnel and a video presentation illustrate the
new era of Chiang Mai after it became a part of
A traditional Lanna-style
fresh food market
7. Good Aspects of Chiang Mai: This
area presents the well-preserved culture and the true
identity that the people of Chiang Mai are so proud of.
The Dynastic Rulers room
Mountain People room
8. The Historical Building: The first
exhibit on the floor is devoted to the importance of
the building and its history.
9. The Dynastic Rulers: The history
of the ruling system in Chiang Mai from King Mengrai
to the last independent ruler, the royal lineage, pictures,
and artefacts are shown here.
10. Life on the Banks of the Ping River:
The exhibition of life along the River's banks demonstrates
the settlement of people in Chiang Mai. It tells us
how the merchants of different ethnic settled along
the sides of the Ping outside the city wall.
11. People of the Old City: This room
consists of the model of the traditional northern style
market or "Kat" in front of Wat Phra Sing
temple and the section illustrates ways of life of noble
families and ordinary people who lived inside the city
12. Buddhism and the People: Models
and a video presentation of Buddhist temple halls, known
in Thai as vihara, which have had a strong influence
on people's living style are shown.
13. Phra Pokklao: This area was once
the office of the governor, which was occasionally used
to welcome special visitors. The setting duplicates
the original room in the former times.
14. Agricultural Society: The exhibition
conveys aspects of life in an agricultural community
outside the city and farming devices used by the farmers
in the past.
15. Mountain People: This area gives
a perspective of life in the highland communities. The
exhibition shows how different tribes have lived together
in harmony, tribals' ways of life and their agricultural
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday (including
public holidays) 8.30-17.00 hrs.
Admission Fees: Adult 90 Baht / Child
Address: Phra Pokklao Road, Sriphum
Sub-county, Muang County, Chiang Mai 50200 Tel: 0 5321
7793, 0 5321 9833
Special thanks to Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural
Centre for a press tour and useful information.
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