Visit Chiang Mai - stop by at Baantawai
Baantawai Village is the village of wood sculptures and wood-carved products made at Baantawai Village, Hangdong District, Chiang Mai Province under the present theme - Baantawai, the Amazing woodcarving village.
Talking about Lanna Kingdom or Chiang Mai province where Doi Suthep, Doi Inthanon and the Night Bazaar etc. are well known, there is the other place that people enjoy shopping very much. This is Baantawai village. Baantawai, Hangdong, Chiang Mai is best known for its wood sculptures and woodcarvings or wood-based merchandises because the handicraft products of Baantawai are meticulously hand-made with skilled craftsmen and its 40-year-long experience in wood sculpturing and Baantawai woodcarving expertise. Consequently, the name Baantawai has been disseminated all over the world. Therefore, it was awarded OTOP Village of Thailand by the Department of Community Development, the Interior Ministry thanks to the One Tambon One Product Policy in 2004. It was also awarded the first OTOP Tourism Village of Thailand from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.
Baantawai is the renowned source of fine handicrafts of Chiang Mai. It has created numerous wood sculptures and woodcarvings both for domestic sale and export with which Baantawai earned reputation as the village of woodcarving.
Looking around at Baantawai
Tourists visiting Baantawai will be presented with demonstration of every process of its handicraft creation.
- Wooden merchandise making
- Lacquerware demonstration
- Cultural show
- Carpentry contest
- Look Kaew Procession at Buddhist novice group ordination
Sightseeing tour within Baantawai, OTOP Tourism Village
Being small village at Khun Kong Sub-district, Hangdong District, Chiang Mai, the inhabitants who are farmers lead simple way of lives. In Buddhist culture the temple is the community center of the neighborhood and for this village - Tawai temple. Owing to the people strong faith in Buddhism the temple is so exquisitely adorned with carved woods that the beauty of Tawai temple became famous. Accordingly the temple became even more gorgeous. The more famous the temple is, the more beautiful it has become. The villagers delivered their masterpieces to decorate the temple such as carved wooden doors and windows of the wihara (hall), the extension of the apex of the gable, over 200-year-old ancient Khong, Lanna-styled Tripitaka chamber and arched housing of Kru Ba Chao Sobha (Bao) the famous Buddhist monk.
2.Baantawai Handicraft Center and Baantawai’s Song Fung Klong Handicraft Center
Song Fung Klong Handicraft Center is located at the heart of Baantawai Village, which is regarded as the origin of the amazing handicrafts and wood sculptures. There are gift shops on both banks of the canal. The premises are decorated with Lanna architecture amidst picturesque landscape surrounded with countryside atmosphere of Baantawai’s agricultural and simple ways of lives. The people will be informed how the artistic handicrafts are created and how they have become popular in terms of value and quality.
The center is the meeting point of the variety of handicrafts to name a few animal sculptures, angel sculptures, mythical animal sculptures and furniture such as wooden flowers, picture frames, glass frames, lanterns, tissue boxes, vases and export quality wooden furniture, etc.
3.Handicraft route “wood sculpture”
Seeing the craftsmen’s way of living and their very own studios, which are simply located underneath their home. Some of the beautiful pieces are displayed that will fascinate all visitors with its suave motifs blended with their sublime sculpturing skills.
4. Handicraft route “Lacquerware”
5. Handicraft route “Cutting in-motif”
6. Handicraft route “Architectural miniatures”
7. Handicraft route “Antique imitation ”
8. Handicraft route “Wood painting technique”
9. Handicraft route “Drawing-painting”