Thursday, April 9, 2015

Chiang Mai Pt. 4: City Arts & Cultural Centre

If you visit Chiang Mai and have a couple of hours to spare you should pay Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Centre a visit. Here you can learn the history of the region 'Lanna'. 

The buildings themselves are 90 years old and used to be a city hall and home of Chiang Mai Province Authority until 15 years ago. When the authority and the offices moved out, the buildings have been turned into Arts & Cultural Centre. After walking through the exhibits for an hour or, you may choose to sit down to rest your feet at their coffee shop and have a cuppa or a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. My friend, Khan, opted for the latter but I had a glass of water - on the house. One thing that I will always remember here in Chiang Mai is the people's kindness and generosity - no doubt.

On Fridays they also have market in the square in front of the centre. If you come here on Friday you will be tempted to part with your money for some knick knacks and food. All week you can browse in the Centre's souvenir shop - the prices are reasonable. No price hackling here please, save that for the market:)

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