Wat Rong KhunCurrently 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
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.
- 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.
- Entry is free.
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.
- 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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92.21% 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
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Wat Rong Khun
White Temple one of the beautiful Temple i have ever seen in Thailand located in Chiang Rai and 185 km from Chiang Mai (approx. 3 hours) drive. The temple was built in 1997. The entrance fee for foreigners is 50 baht and opening hours are 8:00 to 5:00 pm. You need to dress up properly to enter in the temple. The architecture of the temple made of white colour that will make fall you in love with the beauty of the temple at first sight. Must Must visit this beautiful place on your Thailand trip.
This place is stunning. The attention to details is everywhere. The ticket is 50 Baht for foreigners if you want to see the main temple in the photo. Apart from that you can walk around and access all other areas for free. We came on a perfect day, it was sunny and the reflections were glorious. This place is packed foreal. Tons of tourists. So either come here very early or later in the evening if you want to get nice photos.
What a well maintained White temple, outstanding masterpiece. Distinctively shown of heaven and hell. Part of the hellish feel sculptures delivered the uncomfortable and frightening effect. Worth a visit to appreciate the arts and dedication of work behind stage. Worth mentioning the artistically decorated golden washroom. Tour guide explained the artist is delivering the message that human waste is recyclable goodies. Hence the output is gold instead of being dirty. Well expressed idea. Fully packed with tourists. Challenging in taking decent pics.
I expected this to be Disney-like and unauthentic, but it was SO cool. It was extremely packed with tourists, but still definitely worth checking out. The painting gallery was free and I almost missed it. Mind-blowing stuff in there. Chiang Rai is cooler than Chiang Mai, and there's other great things to see, so don't come here from Chiang Mai and go straight back. The Blue Temple is just as cool, if not cooler. The Baandam House is also a must-do. Easy to get around on a motorbike.
It’s intriguing, mind-blowing, and thought provoking! This temple is something I’ve never seen before. The intricate details of both the interior and exterior of the temple was very unsettling yet it made me very curious about how it conceptualized in the first place. There is a golden house beside it, which serves as a luxurious restroom. Also, there are shops in the surrounding area where I got a unique traditional shirt that I couldn’t find anywhere else in Chiang Mai or Bangkok. Make sure to visit this temple when you go to Thailand!