Kanjanapisek Cultural Exhibition Center
Kanjanapisek Cultural Exhibition Centre is an old city hall located on Singhaklai Road, Mueang Chiang Rai District in Chiang Rai Province. The hall represents King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s royal grace and Chiang Rai’s long history in ethnic, lifestyle and culture. It also shows the current image of how the province plays a role in regional economics by using mixed media such as multimedia, video and duratan which make the visit more interesting.
The Cultural Exhibition Centre has divided the exhibition into 6 rooms. The first one is ‘The Royal Grace of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’ which is an exhibition about the King and the royal family’s royal duties in Chiang Rai. The next room is ‘History of Chiang Rai’ showing the history of Chiang Rai from an ancient time to the founding of Chiang Rai up until the present day. The next one is ‘Ethnic Groups’ illustrating the variety of ethnic groups and cultures of people in Chiang Rai and the nearby provinces. The 4th room is ‘Language and Literature’. It contains the memories of spoken and written languages which are the joint culture of the people of Lanna recording tales, legends, pharmacopeias, and teachings in palm leaves, mulberry papers, or stone inscriptions, for example.
The next is ‘5 Chiangs’ Cultures’, exhibiting good and joint cultures among Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Chiang Toong, Chiang Roong (Xishuangbanna) and Chiang Thong (Luang Prabang) before the founding of nations closed off the relationship of these cities. The final room is ‘Economic Square’ which shows the economic development between Thai and China, Laos and Myanmar, concerning telecommunication, service, tourism, art and cultural. This exhibition center could be considered as a room of remembrance of Chiang Rai people and Lanna culture which is truly worth visiting. It is open for visitors every Monday – Friday 8.30 – 16.30 or in case of a special visit on official and public holidays, please inform in advance and for more information please contact +665-371-7420.