Wat Rong Khun

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

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 Travel Tips

  • 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.

Entrance Ticket Details For Wat Rong Khun

  • Entry is free.

Wat Rong Khun 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

  • 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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  • 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
  • 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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  • 76.04% of people who visit Chiang Rai include Wat Rong Khun in their plan

  • 51.22% of people start their Wat Rong Khun visit around 07 AM

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

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Wat Rong Khun

People normally club together Phu Chi Fa Forest Park and Hill Tribe Museum And Education Center 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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