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Thai Art And Architecture Culture In North Thailand

  • Thai art and architecture culture in Northern Thailand follows themes for each ethnic group or empire. Apart from some prehistoric artifacts the first major archaeological remains and art are those of the Mon people and the Haripunjaya Empire (8th to 13th centuries). These were influenced by the prevailing Indian concepts, cosmology and mythology.
  • The dominant Tai influences were those of the Siamese Tai of Sukhothai in Lower North (late 13th to mid 15th century) and of the Tai Yuan (Khon Muang) Lan Na art style in Upper North (13th to 19th centuries). The differences in Thai art are illustrated in images of Buddha, bas-reliefs, Wat and stupa construction.
  • Later, for 218 years (mid 16th to mid 18th centuries) Lan Na was occupied by the Kingdom of Pegu from Burma (now Myanmar) during which period all art works were influenced by their views. In the 19th C the Shan people (Tai Yai) arrived from Burma bringing with them their northern Burmese Shan styles of art and architecture.
  • These various styles are demonstrated in terracotta and bronze figures [ particularly Buddhist themes ], temple and stupa design, woodcarvings, stucco, gilt and lacquer. These styles and themes are discussed and where to see examples of each are detailed in the North Thailand tourism links.