art pieces were added or create a comprehensive collection, creating
more awareness about the Lanna past. In 1976
Royal Tropical Institute of Amsterdam sent an expedition of the
northern part of Thailand. They collected relics belonging to the
Lanna culture and those of the people who lived in the mountains.
These artifacts recorded the way people lived during that era.
little awareness among Thai people about their heritage.
Khan Julasak Suriyachai
a teacher and art connoisseur made
a big difference. Khan Julasak realized that soon the heritage of
northern Thailand only could be seen abroad. Hence, he started collecting
northern Thailand ‘s art pieces and founded the Lanna Heritage Conversation
Center, the seed of the present Oub Kham Museum. His collection
includes valuable artifact from the Lanna Kingdom.
people of these kingdom developed a similar culture which one might
call the ‘ Culture of the Dhamma Letters’
are apparent until today. Apart from the ritual object, the collection
mainly consists of lacquerwares, silver jewerlies and royal court
Khan Julasak believed
that these valuable pieces show that the Lanna people had a rich
civilization making this museum a vital center of further study
of the Lanna people’s culture.
The ‘ Oub Kham ‘
a golde bowl used by members of the royalty, is a masterpiece; so
is the golden throne of Chiang Thung
( the present
Keng Thungin the easternmost Shan State in Burma). Lanna people
also have their own music as tourist will discover from a visit
in the museum . Building built based on Lanna architecture are also
located in the museum’s garden. Alas, it is impossible to mention
here or the fine pieces and Lanna’s rich culture found in the museum.
The museum is open
daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m
. It is located near
Den HA market and the military camp
. A public transport
fare Bt30 from the center of the town will take you to Oub Kham
Museum. If you want to participate in the museum conservation, contact
the Lanna Heritage Conservation Center, Chiangrai, Tel.no.(053)
The admission fee:
Adult-200 Baht / person.
Baht / person