The Buffalo 'n Black Temple Gallery Estate

Discussion in 'Northern Thailand - Road Trip Reports' started by DavidFL, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    From

    http://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-motorc ... html#34866

    A special early afternoon photographic detour....

    and something very new for me,

    but if you ask around the Thais know of it or about it

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    It's not all black
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    Or buffaloes
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    but back to black

    Even the horses are colour coordinated to fit in with the decor
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    The grounds are extensive & you can spend hours here if you like; especially if you're a keen photographer
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    Anyone for crocodile heads...
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    An incredible place & well worth a visit.

    Thawan Duchanee
    http://www.thawanduchanee.com/

    The artist devoted himself to an examination of his Thai identity. He then began to explore and reexamine the insanity, degeneration, violence, eroticism, and death lurking in the heart of modern man as they are involved with religion. Mr. Thawan expressed these concepts with a startling technique utilizing a black tone, drawing from the wellspring of traditional Thai Buddhist art and Buddhist thought.

    His powerful style combines grotesque and erotic human figures that are a composite of animals or insects, and entwined with the Buddha as a
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    With his capacity and performance that have shocked the world, Mr. Thawan Duchanee is a deserving choice as the laureate of the Arts and Culture Prize of the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prizes.


    Where is it - map coming.
    GPS waypoint: N19 59.513 E99 51.642
     
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  3. Ally

    Ally Ol'Timer

    To quote you on this one David, "You beauty!"

    What a great place & well worth a visit.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Marco

    Marco Ol'Timer

    WOW,, what a place,, looks like there is lot of history collection on those bones..

    But any idea what are these odd looking Maybe "UFo" houses
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  5. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Marco
    No idea really. Whilst the grounds were open, it was a Sunday & all the buildings were locked up. The place was pretty well deserted. It was a kind of a weird & eerie feeling being there; but the place is beautiful.

    Location: the place is North of Chiang Rai, 1.9 kms past the CR University, turn left into Soi 13, go 470 metres & turn left into a small soi, proceed 360 metres & it is on the left on a right hand corner.

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  6. aschoch

    aschoch Member

    Amazing indeed. This is what the artist himself has to say about the UFO: "This is my telephone booth where I talk directly to God. It’s a ‘box’ containing my body and spirit.” His favourite house for painting is a black, submarine-shaped house with round windows. Everything in the house is black.

    Also check out: http://www.buddhistartnews.com/ban07/?p=535

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  7. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Armin
    Thanks for the link. Now I'm "enlightened" about Ajarn Thawan Duchanee. Indeed an amazing guy & place he has got there. Something for the more intellectual & arty-farty GT Riders to check out & photograph.
     
  8. Ally

    Ally Ol'Timer

    Right ! :?
     
  9. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Anyone else been here recently?
     
  10. pee

    pee Ol'Timer

    Not been there yet, however it appears that this is another contemporary unconventional Buddhist temple in the Chiang Rai area.
    Does anyone -"arty-farty GT Riders" or not(':wink:')- know another example in the North or anywhere else in Thailand, before we could say this is a northern trend?

    With a totally different style the other one has already been mentioned on this board by Ally: Wat Rong Khun famous amongst Thais (located south of Chiang Rai, near the intersection highway 1/road 1208).

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    The author, a Chiang Rai native, strong mind artist: Chalermchai Kositpipat
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  11. villagefarang

    villagefarang New Member

    People are always saying Black Village is located on soi 13, but it is really Moo 13 soi 1. The only sign there is in Thai so I guess it is easy to get it mixed up. The map does give you a pretty good idea, however. Perhaps someone should take a picture of the wooden sign at the mouth of the soi. Not easy to find but well worth the effort.
    Marco
    No idea really. Whilst the grounds were open, it was a Sunday & all the buildings were locked up. The place was pretty well deserted. It was a kind of a weird & eerie feeling being there; but the place is beautiful.

    Location: the place is North of Chiang Rai, 1.9 kms past the CR University, turn left into Soi 13, go 470 metres & turn left into a small soi, proceed 360 metres & it is on the left on a right hand corner.

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  12. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

  13. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    A brief update Acharn Duchanee has passed away.

     

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