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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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