The powerful and prosperous ancient Kingdom of Lanna covered most of northern Thailand as well as parts of eastern Burma, western Laos, and across neighboring parts of southern China from the 13th to 18th centuries. Chiang Mai was the capital of the kingdom and at the heart of its culture.
Lanna is distinct from other provinces of Thailand in language, cuisine, art, architecture, and music. Although, Chiang Mai was eventually incorporated by the Thai Government and became a province in 1933, the distinctive Lanna culture still endures today.
The Lanna Folklife Museum is focused on educating both Thais and tourists about Northern Thailand’s distinctive culture and history.
The museum is located in a lovely old building, once used as a royal residence and then as a courthouse. It features 18 exhibition rooms spread across two floors. You’ll find interesting displays related to religion, culture, ways of life and costumes. All signs and explanations are informative and well-translated into English.
An average visit should only take between 60-90 minutes.
Lanna Folklife Museum
Web: www.cmocity.com and www.facebook.com/cmocity
Address: Municipal Court of Chiang Mai, Prapokklao Rd.
Hours: Open every day except Monday, 8:30am to 5:00pm
Price: 40 baht for kids and 90 baht for adults
Visitors can also buy a three-in-one museum pass, which includes entry to the Arts and Culture Centre and the History Museum as well. The cost is 80 baht for kids and 180 baht for adults.