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Ban Kamthieng House (Museum)

Ban Kamthieng House is a traditionally built structure that offers visitors a glimpse into an ancient way of life. Initially constructed in the 19th century, this historical building was first located along the Ping River in Chiang Mai before being relocated to its current location in Bangkok.

Passed down from generation to generation by way of the matrilineal traditions of the Lanna, the Ban Kamthieng House was later gifted to the Siam Society who run it as a museum that serves to showcase time-honoured local customs, beliefs and traditions. The Ban Kamthieng House is an ideal place to experience some traditional Thai culture in an authentic setting that transports visitors to a time long ago.

Standing amidst a traditional Thai garden, the house has a rice granary, hand woven items, household implements and even a wooden loom that were common sights at the time. Also residing on the premises is said to be the spirits of three former female occupants who now keep watch over the property and those who visit!

In order to give visitors a clearer understanding of the rich cultural heritage of the Lanna, this museum has several audio-visual presentations that focus on a variety of different aspects. Interesting features include a 3D animated film that shows what village life was like; a visual presentation of traditional customs and an audio experience of traditional music.

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