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Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.3/5 based on 3,800+ reviews on the web
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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  • This is less about a traditional temple and more about a modern take on Buddhist art. Charlemchai Kositpipa's dream is manifested in this gorgeous place! You feel rushed going through the main buildin...  read more »
  • Pretty much in 1949 during the morning, very few people taking a little. Chinese people began to lot line a little bit. Thailand: free people Gift shops for sale dot nonok
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  • Together with the black, must-see House in Chiang Rai. Religious buildings completely white and with several touches of pop culture. No doubt a work of art. Curious also the treatment of rock star that is given to the artist I think this gem.
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  • This place is a total tourist trap / crap. The artist just put a circus of tacky trash together so that people will think he's transgressive and innovative. Well, it's just plain trash. See it for yourself if you're in Chiang Rai, but don't come to CR just to see this. The staff at the "temple" are extremely rude and authoritative, and think they're guarding the Louvre or the MET; well guys, you're just guarding a big bunch of crap.
  • Also known as white temple. Good architecture, its all white. the temple has drawings of doraemon, matrix, and other fictional characters inside. I recommend going here then visit Singha Park (10m drive)
  • one of my favourite temple in thailand. sooo beautifull
  • You can take a local bus from the main bus station for 20 baht, but the return service is irregular. We waited over an hour and then started the 14km walk back. Honestly, there's a new local temple (Wat Rong Seu Ten) closer to town that amazed us more with its bright colors and details.
  • This is just a show-off project from a local artist. No history, no monks, but just a bunch of tourists. And it is really silly and inappropriate to put cartoon characters on the walls of the temple, and even an ironman model designed in buddist style. Temples are supposed to be very solemn and traditional especially in Thailand, not for fun or show-off.
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