I have been on the hunt for this place located in the Old Town of Chiang Mai for a little while. It is covered in a few other blogs and from their descriptions looked like a photographers dream, so worth a visit. I try to stay out of the centre of Chiang Mai as much as possible as it is busy and full of tourists, neither of which is my idea of a good time, here or any other place in the world. However the Terracotta garden is hidden away in a small soi and once you get away from the main roads in the Old Town you enter a quieter and slower paced world.

The Terracotta Garden is at the end of the first turn on the left on the road heading into the Old Town from Chiang Mai Gate as shown on the map below:

Google has actually got the location right. A world first.

Google has actually got the location right. A world first. The Ping River is off to the right.

The signpost for the soi looking towards Chiang Mai gate.

The signpost for the soi looking towards Chiang Mai gate. This is literally the first tiny soi on the left after you enter Prapokklao Road from Chiang Mai Gate.

The entranceway.

The entranceway is at the end of the soi on the left. The main formal gallery and workshop is on the right. Entry is free. Just wander in.

Ban Phor Liang Meun’s Terra Cotta Arts is actually a business with a workshop here in Chiang Mai and one in Lamphun, a town we haven’t visited yet South of Chiang Mai. All the sculptures on display in the garden are for sale. They look as though they have been pinched from ancient temples and gardens around Thailand and SE Asia but are actually all reproductions. The quickly growing moss makes them seem as if they have been in place for centuries.

The garden stretches away to the left as you enter.

The garden stretches away to the left as you enter.

Don’t be fooled when you first enter the garden as you look to the left and see the end wall. You are only looking at a third of the walled enclosure. It is U shaped with plenty more to see around the corner.

And there's more.

And there’s more.

Be careful walking as the stone paths are very slippery.

And more.

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It is impossible not to take heaps of photos here. Everywhere you look the ground is stacked with wonderful figures, piles of body parts and other unusual sights. Thank goodness for digital cameras.

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One for the garden in Isaan – I wish.

Carnage.

Carnage.

Would they miss a small one?

Pocket sized but surprisingly heavy.

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On my wish list too.

 

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The garden must have been here for a while to have tree roots like this.

The garden must have been here for a while to have tree roots like this.

The one on the right is real.

The one on the right is real and not for sale.

Ganesh

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Another one for my garden. I wonder how much she would cost.

Another one for my garden. I wonder how much she would cost.

Bits

Stacked reliefs.

From the garden looking to the bright world outside.

From the garden looking to the bright world outside.

The garden is a wonderfully peaceful way to spend some time and I doubt you will see many other people here. The immediate area is worth a wander too with small guesthouses and restaurants. It seemed more Thai and less catering to the farang tourist trade, which was nice. The Pak Guesthouse is just outside the garden on the left and is a cool place to stop for a beer. More details HERE.

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This guesthouse and small restaurant looked worth a visit. A Chang beer for 35 THB or $1.00.

The Pak guesthouse and small restaurant looked worth a visit. A Chang beer for 35 THB or $1.00.

Small sois head off calling to be explored.

Small sois head off in all directions calling out to be explored.

Some big houses hidden away in the back streets.

Some big houses hidden away in the back streets.

You can never go far in Chiang Mai and not stumble across a temple.

You can never go far in Chiang Mai and not stumble across a temple.

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A Tony’s temple roof photo.

 

History decaying.

History decaying.

Or a cat......

Protecting the chillies.

So another great afternoon in Chiang Mai. We will make a day trip to the Terracotta Arts location in Lamphun before we leave Chiang Mai, which is set within a 60 acre garden. I will report back once we’ve been.

The website for the Ban Phor Liang Meun’s Terra Cotta Arts can be found HERE.

Thanks for reading.