White Temple Chiang Rai, Thailand

White Temple , Chiang Rai

Wat Rong Khun or White Temple is a complex located next to Chiang Rai in the northern part of Thailand. In fact, this is not a typical religious object, but an amazing work of art! The temple was designed by a local artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, in 1997, and its construction continues. The work was hampered by the earthquake of 2014, but the artist decided to continue construction and restore the destroyed elements, as broken frescoes. Chalermchai Kositpipat once said that the building would be completed roughly sixty to ninety years after his death. Tourists consider the White Temple to be the most beautiful in Thailand. In contrast to the colorful, gilded temples in Thailand - this is snow-white. White color and glass elements reflecting light make the whole look like ice or crystal! The temple is a combination of Hindu-Buddhist beliefs and science fiction. So we have Minions on the frescoes, Elvis Presley, Star Wars, World Trade Center and the Predator coming out of the pond. Being in the White Temple, take some time to see details and read symbols. A bridge leads to the main building begins in hell, from which tormented souls try to escape, symbolized by the forest of twisted hands.

Practical information

There is no admission fee. For 30 THB you can leave here a small leaf-shaped pendant with your name.

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