Ban Chang Nak - Sankamphaeng - Chiang Mai attractions

Discussion in 'Northern Thailand - Road Trip Reports' started by DavidFL, Jun 15, 2015.

  1. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Ban Buak Khang is a Tai Yong (Lue) village east 17 kms from Chiang Mai.
    In the beginning of the 19th century, The Yong / Lue were forcibly resettled in Chiang Mai province to repopulate areas that were depopulated after decades of warfare in the aftermath of more than two centuries of Burmese occupation.
    The Tai Yong arrived in Buak Khan in 1813 & were the last forced resettlement under king Kawila of Chiang Mai.

    Ban Buak Khang, is also where you can now find the home of Phet Wiriya

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    a Yong / Lue, who in 1985 founded his wood carving centre – the home of many elephants; a museum of elephant carvings & a tribute to these beautiful beats.

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    Phet studied carving under Lampang’s great wood carver Kumay Dej Duang Ta; & after a teaching career he went to teach prisoners in Bangkok how to carve.
    But inspired by Kumay Dej Duang Ta, eventually came back to him home village & started carving with friends in the village. Ban Chang Nak had started & now is home to hundreds of beautiful wooden elephants and elephants of different material, created by local carvers.

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    In front of the house there is a replica mammoth made from thousands of wood chips.

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    Out the back local artist work on new elephants, made from different materials.

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    The place is an Aladdin’s cave of elephants in all shapes & sizes. All of the carvings are different, showing elephants in their natural way.

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  3. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Some of the amazing carvings on display......elephants, elephants, elephants, elephants....

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  4. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Elephant bones

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    History

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    Buddhas & Elephants

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    The life of an elephant

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    Men at work

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    A house of elephants

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    Ban Chang Nak rocks - check it out sometime. Its just on the outtskirts of Chiang Mai.

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