With a history dating back 700 years, Chiang Mai certainly has some stories to share. During your stay, make sure to add a visit to Chiang Mai National Museum on your itinerary and discover the region’s fascinating past.
Operated by the Fine Arts Department of Thailand, this museum is composed by two floors of three sections. The first floor is devoted to history, while the second floor has displays of secular and religious artefacts arranged by theme and historical
periods. One example is a pottery kiln from Sankampaeng that has been reconstructed in the grounds outside the main building.
History buffs and curious travellers alike will find a visit to this charming museum intriguing. Expect lessons in the geographic history of the region and the early Neolithic settlements that called this area home. The major focus is on the stories and influences of Lanna culture. The building itself showcases Lanna architecture which, sets the scene for what lays inside.
Founded by King Mengrai, the mighty Lanna Kingdom ruled Northern Thailand from the 13th century to the 18th century. The unique mix of lifestyles and influences from across the kingdom is what has given present-day Chiang Mai its unique style. Chiang Mai National Museum also looks at the region’s history following the collapse of the Lanna Kingdom, including Chiang Mai’s inclusion in the Kingdom of Siam and later becoming part of Thailand. A definite highlight of any visit is the museum’s display of rare artefacts that includes ancient Buddhist icons, items of pottery, early tools, handmade textiles, ceramic objects, gold jewellery and antique currency.
Located near the historic Jed Yod Temple, this museum was renovated recently and now features well written English and Thai details. There are also some good electronic displays of the region’s history and photography without flash is permitted.
The Chiang Mai National Museum is open to visitors Wednesday to Sunday from 9am until 4pm. It is closed Mondays, Tuesdays and public holidays. Located about 50 meters from Wat Jed Yod temple, it presents an opportunity to see exciting attractions and a culturally rich experience.
CHIANG MAI NATIONAL MUSEUM :
Chiang Mai-Lampang Super Highway Road. Near Jed Yot Temple.
Tel. 053-221 308
Admission 100 THB (Closed on Mon, Tue and Holiday)