Baan Kang Wat: the artistic village

Home to artists sharing a communal organic garden.

Tucked away in the university neighborhood near Wat Umong lies the serene community of Baan Kang Wat.

Baan Kang Wat close-up house at the artistic villageThis little artistic village created by mr. Nattawut (Big) Ruckprasit, a 35-year-old Thai designer together with the inhabitants is unique in its way. Different classic style Thai wooden teak houses combined with modern polished concrete surrounding a sunken amphitheater with grassy steps gives home to a number of artists that are sharing a communal organic garden and an alternative lifestyle. This artistic village gives you immediately a feeling of relaxation.

The idea behind the project is to combine modern life in the city with a rural country lifestyle so it’s not just about shopping, but about sharing and relaxing in an arty kind of way. A good way to spend an afternoon with a coffee and/or pastry whilst reading a book in the lively library and browse for some original artifacts.

Among the little shops, you can find handmade ceramics, clothing shops, homemade food and goods, the espresso bar, a souvenir shop, the lively library and cafe and much more.

Every Saturday an art market takes place.

The amphitheater at the artistic village(Baan Kang Wat)

Well worth the trip, all tough this artistic village (Baan Kang Wat) is not easy to find if you come with your own means of transport, it took yours truly about one hour to get lost and found.

The best way to go: drive up to Th. Suthep and turn right into Soi 4 U-mong, follow the winding Soi till you see a sign from Wat U-mong then keep the sign on your right-hand side and go on for about one kilometer till you see Baan Kang wat.

Make sure you get there before 5 PM. because after six the inhabitants tend to claim the place to themselves and who can blame them really.

Every Saturday an art market takes place where local craftsman can sell their products, furthermore, Baan Kang Wat organizes events such as film screenings, games and other small festivals.

 

This artistic village is open from: 11:00 am – 18:00 pm

Address:
191-197 Soi Wat U-Mong
Th. Suthep
Chiang Mai 50200

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