Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai

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Take in the striking white angles and contours of Wat Rong Khun, a Buddhist temple cum art exhibit. The temple that once stood on the site was in a state of dilapidation, with no funds towards its refurbishment; artist Chalermchai Kositpipat decided to entirely rebuild the structure with his own money, opening it to visitors in 1997. The contemporary and unusual style of the buildings surprises and engages, while the using of modern, western motifs in murals--Michael Jackson, Superman, and Mickey Mouse all make appearances--raises interesting questions about the globalized world. Plan a trip to Chiang Rai easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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  • Beautiful plant. Very crowded. You can make little photos and look at the details alone. Still worth a visit!
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  • Hard to stay cool in front of this meringue. This isn't really a temple but a work of contemporary art, then obviously, we like it or not. Admission is 40 baht per person (from memory). The artist wanted to make this monument the equals of Angkor (with ease). You will surely find many tourists and you can see paintings of the artist and buy, among other things, the key to his effigy on the shop doors. The toilets are in a huge building Golden very very kitsch, at the limit of good taste (but rather on the wrong side). Therefore, to possibly see if you go there and you have an hour to spare.
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  • In January, 2015. I went to Thailand on a sightseeing tour Of the Emerald Buddha "golden triangle". We visited Bangkok, Chiang Rai, golden triangle with a visit to Laos, Iu Sai (border with Burma), hot springs, mountain tribes of Axa. Yao, Lahu, Karen dlinnosheie (Padaungi), Chiang Mai. I especially liked in northern Thailand. I have met wonderful people, open and affable, attentive and warning. Comfortable weather, quiet streets, beautiful and unusual architecture, amazing temples. Amazed neobyknovennostju White WAT Rong Kung as the snow Queen's Castle he blestaet white and the magic. I want to express my gratitude to the organizers of the tour for a comfortable location for hotels selection of cities for helpful guides for the clarity and responsibility in detail. Especially it would be desirable to note my guide Dzhindu and her driver, which I passed the entire North Thailand. From the first day, everything was thought out down to the minute, with soul and responsibly. Didn't have to think about anything, they've taken care of everything. So many interesting and entertaining information, narrated with such dedication and vigour, such warmth and consideration of me surrounded. I would say that this is the most interesting and warm reception in my eight-year-old tourist life. Came home ecstatic! The sea of impressions, lack of fatigue, utter moral rest, just relaxation soul! Enormous thanks to our guide Jind, thanks for caring! So little meet in life so interesting, responsible, sincere and nice people!
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  • Visited in the morning, the temple itself is an amazing artwork. Unfortunately there are way too much tourists and it seems to be overcrowded. Maybe you should visit this temple in the evening or during less touristy season. Overall it is a very nice and clean temple. There is a museum free entrance nearby which explains the artwork of the temple creator. You should not miss the museum when you visit this temple.
  • Wonderful architect with excellent philosophy and paintings. But very crowded with Chinese tourists at least during my visit time. I notice there are also ongoing extension. It is worth to visit. Last but not least very surprising rest room building !
  • A rebuild old temple now is tourist attraction. Very artistic....🤔🤔 too artistic...may be. Today is a must stop over for tour bus between Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai. The wax of high monk meditation in the Buddah hall look very real.
  • I visited this temple when it was open and when it was closed. I honestly recommend going when it is closed as there are NO tourists, it becomes absolutely beautiful. Although the interior is amazing you will only spend a minute or two in there as it is so busy.
  • If you are a tourist here, this is an absolute must see. Our visit occurred one night just before closing in Oct 2014, at which point the interior was closed to visitors for structural renovations. We enjoyed the intricate design of the exterior immensely, it is beyond description. Have to visit to develop your own appreciation of it's uniqueness. It was unfortunate we couldn't go inside.

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