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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  • Very different from other thai temples, quite «kitch», nice to see. Better to come early when all the chinese groups come!  more »
  • Year 3 I dreamed of visiting this shrine, but somehow it was hard to begin the journey to Melt without the sea. And this year it's this time. The temple is gorgeous, dazzles its beauty and whiteness. Especially impressed with the pass through of the martyrs. And don't miss the beautiful Koh Samui Thailand feautures.
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  • Wat Rong Khun Temple is unique and to tell stories in the architecture of the temple well, impressed until I'd like to get back to it again.
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  • The temple was awesome. The crowds were not. Don't go on Sunday at 10am. We couldn't even get a picture because they were herding us through the walkway. Our friends went before closing and had a much better experience. Good luck! Hope you can enjoy the beautiful architecture!
  • A place full of magic and details. Make sure to take your time to explore the place and pay attention to details. Came on a Tuesday at 1pm and it was not too crowded. It’s worth the 50 baht. It’s a little bit more modern than most temples here in Thailand, but it’s totally an experience you should have. There are also nice restaurants and souvenirs stores right next to the temple, making this place a good stop for some hours.
  • Having visited 30 countries and 6 continents, I consider myself to be a world traveler - but I've never seen a more magnificent and magical site and monument as the White Temple. The site itself is an enchanting experience. Be sure to take enough time (more than the tours usually allow) and stroll through because as you do, you will continue to notice new details in the artistry. This is a very peaceful place and a good one to release intentions and inhale some zen.
  • A majestic temple and perfect destination for both locals and foreigners alike. The temple was recently renovated by an award winning designer and offers wonderful Thai architecture capturing the essence of Buddhism. Can get a touch crowded (particularly on weekends from what I’ve heard) and even upon my attendance on a Wednesday, but understandable given its appeal.
  • Really beautiful all white building in contrast to the blue sky. Very crowded and in fact no temple at all but an art project. Entrance is 50THB for foreigners only, very cheap. Since it's quite famous a must see in Chiang Rai.

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Find a good range of accommodations in the area just south of Thanon Baanpa Pragram Road, including budget to mid-price hotels, and pleasant, affordable guesthouses. Head north to the Kok River and, dotted along its banks, you'll find pricier and more exclusive options, with boutique hotels and resorts making the most of their scenic location with attractive grounds and facilities.
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