museums provide an insight enabling us to explore architectural and
religious history of a temple. But Wat Gate, another temple museum located
in Chiang Mai is more than that. It introduces the visitors to the political
and economic history of the country. Life of common people in the bygone era
is showcased in the museum.
Intriguing assemblage of artefacts culled from the temple compound is
produced in the museum. Among the displays, the most interesting are
hundreds of old photographs harking back to the days when the westerners
commenced trading with Chiang Mai. Images of objects like markets, boats and
even criminal proceedings are present. The museum also makes clear how the
temples acquired new look when Thailand was under Burmese rule.
Most temples wore a deserted look during the time of Burmese occupation.
for the people had abandoned them. It was only after the Burmese departure
that they regained their old look. When Thailand became popular among the
tourists, and the visitors expressed interest in the cultural and historical
heritage of Thailand, the glory of the temples was revisited them.
Old Siamese 'White Elephant' flags are also kept in the museum. These
inculcate interest in the lovers of Thai history. Another prime attraction
are old phonograph records.