The Black House in Chiang Rai is an amazingly different space. First believing it to be a temple, it quickly became obvious as I walked past horns, skulls and snake skins that there was something mystical and arcane about this place. In the filtered light at the other end of the long darkened hall a small group of men sat at the enormous wooden table listening to what looked like an ancient wizard holding court seated on his throne made of blackened oxen horns.
Outside this structure lie a range of similar structures, spaces and gardens designed to highlight artistic works. I was totally absorbed and affected by the atmosphere of this special place that focuses on objects that are related to life and death. Included in the decorations, carvings and displayed, one sees skulls, skeletons, skins, open eggs, demons and gargoyles.
This place is the denizen of the number one Thai National artist, Thawan Duchanee.
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