Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai

4.4
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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  • Not to be missed although we didn’t feel it was worth the 100 baht to go inside. Coffee shops and souvenir shopping next door.  more »
  • There are a lot of temples to see in Thailand but this one is really worth visiting. It's very modern, with (please excuse me) almost a theme park vibe. I say this because it is so modern and well...  more »
  • What an amazing place - not the standard temple - actually about as far from a standard temple as you could get. The place is mind blowing when you first turn up - it is spectacular - however the...  more »
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  • We did the light fest, the Illumination of the White Temple for the first showing at 6:30 pm. There are 6 stations and you walk around from 6:30 - 7:15 pm to stations 1-5. They all have light shows that are on a 2 min loop. After 7:15 pm, you can get your assigned seats at station 6 where the main show with actors begins at 7:30 pm. It ends around 8 pm. The light show was awesome, station 2 was my favorite. The 1000 baht VIP seats at the main show look straight at the presentation while the 400 baht seats are off the side. There is no buffet as advertised so make sure to eat before arriving. We had a 4 year old with us and everyone enjoyed it!
  • Too crowded to stop for any pictures. The guard asked everyone to keep moving :( The temple itself was amazing. You gotta try putting your hand on any surface of the temple to feel the coolness even though it was very hot outside There was a restaurant on the opposite side serving BBQ pork and chicken. Highly recommended!
  • If you like Disney you will love this park/temple....but if you do not like theme park temples - you can skip this theme park temple. Completely lacks any substance. It is white and nice but that is where it ends. I am still not sure where the references to the teen age mutant turtles or aliens fit in and if it is even legal. Certainly not my favorite temple in Thailand and unless you really like Disney - you should skip this temple.
  • Stunning temple although a bit creepy with some of those sculptures. Pretty thought provoking. Fun to walk around although I would try get there before the crowds as we were there at a busy time and it was a bit too full. There are also other buildings and temples to walk through on the same grounds which is nice. Although it is known as a tourist destination it is still a temple so I would try cover up as you would for any Thai temple if you go here. There were many tourists walking around in quite revealing outfits which seemed a bit disrespectful.
  • We arrived right at 8am on a Friday morning to beat the crowds. There were many interesting & beautifully detailed things to see. The grounds are impeccably kept. Although it was only 100B to enter, I do wish you could go inside all 3 of the buildings in the center, and not just the main temple. I went to a nearby elephant sanctuary (HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!) and passed by again later around 1pm, crowds were not bad at all. (It is slow season)
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