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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  • Disturbing this temple recently built and which is still being completed. Stems from a bizarre idea to a local artist who created a unique work and often disturbing. When you go check out the fresco on the wall that stands at the entrance and you will be dumbfounded, maybe someone will twist the nose, but you will be discussing at length. Here too the Council a guide. Remember to arrive before closing time (17.00), because when the time expires you will throw themselves literally out. G&G
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  • Yes, there are a lot of temples to see, but this one is really worth to see. Amazing architecture and very special paintings.  more »
  • Like the Black House this is again one person's vision - but this one is well worth seeing! Again has become part of the "must see" places, but in the late afternoon it wasn't as busy as it is earlier...  more »
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  • Amazing place. It was really worth it coming in Chiang Rai. Maybe the city itself is not sweet as Chiang Mai, but surely its surroundings are awesome. This Temple and all the buildings with the nice garden are simply amazing. The details and the eye effects are outstanding. It combines old and modern styles: don't listen to those that say it's dumb. There is a fantastic atmosphere and it's surely a great morning spent here. Entrance is only 50 baths!
  • Living in Bangkok I know how beautiful temples look like. This one, except for the fact it is in a nice white colour, is in my opinion not worth the detour. A "kitschy" building with no soul and certainly no ambition or merit to be called a temple. The first thing when arrive on site is that you will be disappointed comparing to the hundreds of pictures on the net. The place is small and there is no green space or park around. Only shops, cars and busses filled with Chinese tourists. Giving out thousands of plastic bags to every visitor, to put the shoes inside for a 3m walk inside the edifice, is a shame in a plastic polluted country like Thailand. You can easily carry your shoes for that same 3m walk. The shops around are not to expensive and exactly opposite to the exit you can have good Thai food. ... That's it for that place ... Do not make a detour to visit: Loose of time!
  • The whole complex of buildings is a set of a great art piece. Designed and built by a famous Thai architect and Buddhist-artist, the temple reveals the religious view on afterlife through beautiful architecture. Don't miss out the gallery where you can find his artworks and drawings. I am so sad that I lost the postcards which I bought here.
  • The most beautiful temple I have ever seen so far. Probably one of the best architectural projects in general. The white colour (with the sparking glasses) create a beautiful contrast with the blue sky. It is new (the complex is not even completed ). The entrance fee is absolutely reasonable (50 baht only). Be aware that there are a lot of tourists so I suggest to go there at 9 am (also the sun is on the back and you can take better pictures)
  • Really find details. Not that expensive to visit, only 50 baht. Very good quality. Awesome job with the detail, although some of the glass stuck on looks tacky. The concept of the hands coming up from below ground representing the evil people is great. There are still buildings under construction which will make this place even better. Definitely make time to visit the on-site gallery.
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