The white colonial style two-storey building still displays the sign that says "Municipal Court of Chiang Mai", but the interior has been totally renovated to showcase the beauty of centuries-old northern heritage.
Opened last December, the Lanna Folklife Museum is located on a verdant plot of land which once belonged to Chao Inthawarorot Suriyawongse, the 8th ruler of Chiang Mai.
The museum is the brainchild of Chiang Mai Municipality Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn whose aims are to revive Lanna culture, educate the young generation about the North's distinctive culture and history, as well as make the museum a new tourism attraction in the old town.
The Lanna Folklife Museum features 18 exhibition rooms related to religion, culture, ways of life and costumes. The exhibits are presented in a modern format which lets you touch certain displayed items such as local ingredients or some life-size models. You are also allowed to take photos inside.
Each display in the museum has brief information in both Thai and English. The museum also employs Chinese-speaking student volunteers to act as guides for Chinese tourists.
The Lanna Folklife Museum is a good start for those heading for Chiang Mai. After walking through the exhibition rooms in this compact museum, you are bound to see the "Rose of the North" in a different light.
Call 053-217-793 or visit www.cmocity.com and www.facebook.com/cmocity.
Municipal Court of Chiang Mai, Prapokklao Rd., Si Phum, Muang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai 50000 Thailand
- Phone number
+66 (0) 53-217-793
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