Wat Rong Khun

Currently Closed
  • Address: Pa O Don Chai Road, A. Muang, Chiang Rai, 57000, Thailand
  • Timings: 06:30 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +66-53673579
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Family And Kids

Wat Rong Khun - Review

Although considered to be bit odd, the Wat Rong Khun, or the White Temple, is considered to be one of the main attractions of not just Chiang Rai but the whole of Thailand. This Buddhist temple features murals that have contemporary bearings such as a mural depicting a plane hitting the Twin Towers as Spiderman and an Angry Bird look on. This temple has been designed by the artist Chalermchai Kositpipat and is acclaimed for its incredibly detailed, all-white exterior that is symbolic of Buddha's purity. The bridge to the entrance crosses over a sea of arms reaching out for help from the fiery depths of hell. Evil is symbolically strewn around the temple in the shape of skulls, demon heads, and pop-cultural figures from the underworld. Inside the temple, the decor swiftly moves from pristine white to fiery and bewildering. Some of the bizarre murals are that of:

  • Swirling orange flames and demon faces
  • Western idols such as Michael Jackson, Neo from The Matrix, Freddy Kruger, and a T-800 series Terminator.
  • Images of nuclear warfare, terrorist attacks, and oil pumps hammer home the destructive impact that humans have had on earth.
  • Harry Potter, Superman, and Hello Kitty

The temple is still under construction and is free to visit.

Wat Rong Khun Information

  • Because of the white surface, reflective materials and mostly open unshaded layout of the temple, on warm sunny days the temple can feel quite hot and bright. To beat the heat, you may want to visit early morning or at least take your typical sunny weather precautions in terms of clothing, hats, sunscreen, water, etc.
  • Be respectful of Buddha images and particularly mindful of your behavior at the main temple hall. Photography is allowed throughout the grounds but not within the walls of the White Temple.

Wat Rong Khun Ticket Prices

  • Entry is free.

Wat Rong Khun Opening and Closing Hours

The art gallery inside the temple is open as:

  • Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 5:30 pm.
  • On Saturday, Sunday and national holidays the gallery is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

How To reach Wat Rong Khun by Public Transport

  • You can go by songthaew (the covered pick-up trucks you find throughout much of Thailand).
  • Take the public bus from platforms 7 and 8 of the old bus station.

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TripHobo Highlights for Wat Rong Khun

  • Wat Rong Khun Address: Pa O Don Chai Road, A. Muang, Chiang Rai, 57000, Thailand
  • Wat Rong Khun Contact Number: +66-53673579
  • Wat Rong Khun Timing: 06:30 am - 06:00 pm
  • Wat Rong Khun Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Wat Rong Khun(preferred time): 07:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Wat Rong Khun: 02:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Wat Rong Khun

  • 95% of people who visit Chiang Rai include Wat Rong Khun in their plan

  • 32.83% of people start their Wat Rong Khun visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Wat Rong Khun

Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

93.2% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Wat Rong Khun

People normally club together Phu Chi Fa Forest Park and Singha Park while planning their visit to Wat Rong Khun.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai Reviews

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  • One of the greatest works of art I have ever seen and maybe the most talented artist of our time. seriously. It will put the other 100 temples you've visited in SE Asia into perspective, because all the style, images, and ideas are all contemporary. So it finally all made sense all at once. Even the most nonreligious will leave a little bit enlightened, the painting inside the temple (my god don't just walk through it - stop and take some time!) and the symbolism in all the buildings and sculptures are that powerful. Make sure to leave plenty of time as there are so many details to look at, and the additional FREE gallery shows off the artist's other work, which is spectacular and crosses every medium and style.

  • After travelling for nearly 2 months now through China and Thailand I was sorta getting sick of temples. I know it sounds bad but they were all starting to look the same. But this one definitely stands out. Totally unique. I loved the architecture of the place. Just make sure you get there before it closes (I forget the time but it was earlier then I expected). We just barely made it but I'm glad we did. Very beautiful!.

  • Amazing place. It was really worth it coming in Chiang Rai. Maybe the city itself is not sweet as Chiang Mai, but surely its surroundings are awesome. This Temple and all the buildings with the nice garden are simply amazing. The details and the eye effects are outstanding. It combines old and modern styles: don't listen to those that say it's dumb. There is a fantastic atmosphere and it's surely a great morning spent here. Entrance is only 50 baths!

  • A stunning temple with many artworks to be seen, some a bit sarcastic with unexpected modern pop culture involved in the age old Thai believe of heaven and hell. A bit metal. The area isn't big, good for a short stop before continue on the journey.

  • Living in Bangkok I know how beautiful temples look like. This one, except for the fact it is in a nice white colour, is in my opinion not worth the detour. A "kitschy" building with no soul and certainly no ambition or merit to be called a temple. The first thing when arrive on site is that you will be disappointed comparing to the hundreds of pictures on the net. The place is small and there is no green space or park around. Only shops, cars and busses filled with Chinese tourists. Giving out thousands of plastic bags to every visitor, to put the shoes inside for a 3m walk inside the edifice, is a shame in a plastic polluted country like Thailand. You can easily carry your shoes for that same 3m walk. The shops around are not to expensive and exactly opposite to the exit you can have good Thai food. ... That's it for that place ... Do not make a detour to visit: Loose of time!

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