Baan Si Dum (The Black House)

Baan Si Dum (The Black House) Chiang Rai, Thailand

Created by Thailand national artist Thawan Duchanee, the grounds include nearly 40 small black houses made of wood, glass, concrete, bricks, or terracotta in various unique styles and design scattered around the temple area. The cluster of houses accommodates Thawan’s collections of paintings, sculptures, animal bones, skins, horns, and silver and gold items from around the world. Several of the houses exhibit Balinese and Burmese architecture and art dating back to the Ayutthaya Period. The artist uses bones as a source of inspiration to paint. It is definitely not a place for animal lovers.

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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.
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The Infamous Black House and grounds.


Created by Thailand national artist Thawan Duchanee, the Baan Si Dum (The Black House) grounds 10km north of Chiang Rai include nearly 40 small black houses made of wood, glass, concrete, bricks, or terracotta in various unique styles and design scattered around the temple area. The cluster of houses accommodates Thawan’s collections of paintings, sculptures, animal bones, skins, horns, and silver and gold items from around the world. Several of the houses exhibit Balinese and Burmese architecture and art dating back to the Ayutthaya Period. What really impressed me about the grounds and Duchanee’s collection and art is the intricacy of detail. The wood carvings on all the structures and ornaments are ridiculously precise. I tried a few different ideas to convey this group of shots but still came back to black and white with healthy contrast and definition. It gives (me at least) an outer-wordily feel.