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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 to see Wat Rong Khun and other attractions that appeal to you using our Chiang Rai tour planner.
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  • I only spent a short period at the temple and it is not finish yet. But what is already done is really stunning. So many details to look at. Worth a visit! 
  • Definitely worth the visit. It is awe inspiring upon first glance. But be sure to look at the details. Someone a little touched by madness is still creating this after 20 years. If you can go inside t...  more »
  • We loved this temple. After visiting many temples at throughout the Thailand, the US has dazzled clearly. It is just beautiful!
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  • Not just a temple for worshiping. In this Chiang Ria must-see, you’ll find contemporary art mixed with traditional. You’ll be surprised to see painting of modern pop art icon. The designs are so beautiful including the designs of the bathrooms. Souvenir shopping and dining opportunities available. Take off your shoes. No pics inside the temple. Pray for a cultural experience even if you are not Buddhist.
  • Must see. What ever others comment here (probably they are idiots) enjoy your visit here. It is just for turism attraction but it is something that you will not see anywhere in the world. Combined tradition, architecture, fantasy, mythology and a lot of effort this temple it is worth to see even if the walk around is very short. But take your time and enjoy it since you decided to enter that place and will only cost you 50 THB.
  • Beautiful temple with very intricate designs, and very serene as well. Leaves one in awe at the amount of work that must have gone into constructing it, and subsequently keeping it clean.
  • don't just come to chiangrai for this? - only dumb ppl do this. the staff is rude? - depends on what you expect. they don't allow you to lean against the small tiles as it will need delicate repairs. and by the way, they don't collect a fee to go in. and did you use the washroom? did you pay for it? we're you forced to buy anything? - no. you damn rude westerners!
  • Amazing contemporary art with great message to convey through the design of building this temple. A must to visit! Learn to know about the history and story behind this temple. Please support the artist who build and contribute this temple by buying his art piece or souvenir directly at this temple. A reasonable 50 THB entrance fee impose for maintenance and operation cost of temple.