Cockfighting Learning and Exhibition Centre
Recreational Pastime of Rural Life
Chiang Mai has long been known for its elephants and more recently for pandas and soon it will be known for the Cockfighting Learning and Exhibition Centre. A trip to this museum located in a small village about a fifteen minute drive to San Pi Seua on the Mae Ping River is a place for all ages to enjoy. Though a first instinct may be to avoid this sport due to reported violence the general public has heard, a visit to this museum will set your mind at ease. Cockfighting is presented in a safe, cultural, historic, legal, professional and non offensive manner. In Thailand the flourishing cockfighting industry has an audience of over 200,000 people each weekend.
The focus of the center is to educate people about the history and the culture of cockfighting with a Thai focus. The displays include easy to read information on traditional training and breeching methods along with the traditional medicinal care for the birds over hundreds of years in Thailand. The sport of cockfighting in Thailand has rules, legalities and myths.
Visitors to the museum learn about the markedly different fighting techniques and tactics that are instinctively characterized by each breed of bird. The chart identifying the fighting techniques of the birds from Thailand, Burma and Vietnam is very enlightening.
The museum is privately owned and houses a collection of ten birds. Visitors view live demonstrations of how the birds are raised and cared for by hand and by special tools made by the farmers. The exhibition cock fights are staged in order to show the different types of fighting techniques that come naturally to the birds. The birds do not suffer injury in the brief five minute exhibition.
For those with an interest in the history of cockfighting in the bygone days throughout the world, full color photos and posters illustrate the sport’s popularity in many countries of the world. Did you know in the first century after Christ, Julius Caesar led Rome into enjoying the sport of cockfighting. He was the first citizen of Rome to be an enthusiast of the sport. Caesar ultimately introduced cockfighting into England.
Later in the 16th century, cockfighting was still flourishing in England. During the time of King Henry VIII, cockfights were held at Whitehall Palace. The game became a national sport at one point and exclusive schools were required to teach students the points of cockfighting, such as breeding, walking, and conditioning of the gamecock.
Students visiting the museum will benefit in their study of the country’s segment of agrarian history, heritage and folk culture wisdom. It’s also a great chance to see and learn how the birds are cared for by the owners. The Museum also provides a remarkable insight into how the Thai farmers teach the birds to jump and swim in addition to fighting.
For those visitors who grew up on a farm somewhere in the world, the museum is a step back in time, a nostalgic trip down memory lane, and a picture of bygone days. Most likely this learning center is the only one with this kind of historical presentation in the world. Residents will be proud to bring visiting friends and family members here. This destination near Mae the Rim Road can be combined with a visit to the Orchid Farm and Monkey Center.
-Daily: 10.00 am- 5.30 pm daily. School tours and Groups can have private booking with advance call to our reservation desk
Adult Baht 200, Child Baht 120 (10 years or under)
- Knowledgeable guide always at the center
- Exhibition hall
- DVD room with English text at bottom of screen
- Garden with bird cages
- Free wireless internet for those who bring their own laptop.
- Snack bar
- Car / Coach Parking.
Cockfighting Learning and Exhibition Centre, 68 Moo 2, Sanpisua, Chiang Mai Mobile 081 783 0354