Baan Kao Kaew By Ajarn Srongchai
Baan Kao Kaew by Ajarn Srongchai is the museum of ancient Thai style houses. The origin came from his infatuation in the Thai style houses. He has collected Thai style houses for more than 30 years in order to preserve and be the center of Thai style houses. Ajarn Srongchai learned all the information by absorbing the real experience from the villagers. He observed the activities, environment and atmosphere before building this center. He tried to imitate the real atmosphere by growing flowers, trees and herding animals to show the simple way of living that is bond to the nature.The plan of this center was made according to the house style at present. There are house groupings with raised floor according to the Thai style house. The area under is used for relaxing and scenery viewing.After viewing all the Thai style houses, the tourists can cross to the opposite side which is the Yuan Village Center.Baan Kaow Kaew Center is a big outdoor museum with a big field in the middle as a stage. The Thai style houses are the background of this stage alternating with many beautiful flowers and trees. These are a good combination that is harmonious with the nature. The space makes the continuous space visible which is the Thai folk wisdom. All the surrounding sceneries can be seen clearly.Ajarn Srongchai tells the story of the origin of Lanna until the era of the Yuan. This is the introduction leading to the cultural performances. The performances by the youth are beautiful and delicate. The audience can enjoy the show while eating delicious noodle made locally. This is really a nice place to learn about the local culture.