Wat Rong Khun temple also known as the White Temple, is one of the best known and most extravagant in Thailand.
Located a few km from the city of Chiang Rai is a Buddhist and Hindu temple built in 1997 following the project by the visionary painter Chalermchai Kositpipat.
The white color, a symbol of purity, together with the dozens of eager hands at the entrance, welcome and surprise the visitor.
The numerous sculptures, then, with a symbolic meaning, they push us to reflect on the teachings of Buddhism.
- Where is it and how to get there
- Hours and prices
- Tours, guided tours and tickets online
- What to see and how to visit Wat Rong Khun Temple
- Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
- User questions and comments
Where is it and how to get there
The Wat Rong Khun temple is located 15 km from the city of Chiang Rai, a town in northwestern Thailand.
- By tuk Tuk: the best and fastest way to arrive if you are staying in Chiang Rai. It costs 250-300 bat (€ 7,00-8,00)
- By bus: depart from the Old bus station, and stop at White Temple. The ticket must be done on board and costs 20 bath each way (€ 0,60)
- Uber or Grab: bookable through the application which cost about 250 bat (€ 7,00)
- Organized excursions: tours in northern Thailand include a stop at Wat Rong Khun temple, start from € 50,00 - book your tour online
Hours and prices
- it is open every day 8: 00-18: 00
- Best time to avoid queues: at lunchtime or in the late afternoon when there is no crowds. Keep in mind that on weekends and on holidays there are always a lot of people
- free admission
Tours, guided tours and tickets online
What to see and how to visit Wat Rong Khun Temple
Every detail of the temple has been designed to make the visitor think and the faithful on the teachings of Buddhism that show the way to escape temptations, desires and greed.
The White Temple is accessed via "the bridge of rebirths", which crosses a pond and symbolizes the passage from death to rebirth. At the beginning of the bridge two terrible guardians who decide on the destiny of men represent the "entrance to Paradise".
In front there is the area that represents human suffering with hundreds of outstretched hands, a symbol of greed.
The main building, called "Ubosot", completely white, it is covered with small mirrors, has a three-tiered roof and several statues representing mythological creatures.
The interior of the temple is characterized by numerous particular murals with images of contemporary super-heroes symbolizing good and evil; while on the back wall there is a large golden Buddha painted.
Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Get up early: the ideal would be to reach the entrance by 7:30 in order to be already at the temple when it opens. This way you avoid the queues, although you will already find many tourists, and especially the humid heat.
- Watch out for restrictions: It is important to wear long trousers and to cover your shoulders as a sign of respect. It is forbidden to take pictures inside the temple while it is possible to take them outside.
- Minimum time: We recommend that you consider a minimum of 1 hour to visit the temple.
- Guide: if you want to know the history and peculiarities of the temple, we recommend that you be accompanied by a guide who can be found outside the structure.
Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
The construction of Wat Rong Khun dates back to 1997 but the work was never finished, although the completion of the works is estimated at 2070.
The creator of the work is the artist Charlemchai Kositpipat, who overturned the structure of the classical temple, creating a building halfway between sacred and profane, half Buddhist and half Hindu.
To make an economic contribution that allows the construction to be completed, it is possible to purchase special ornaments with which to adorn the temple which are also a symbol of hope and good omen.
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