Wat Rong Khun: Chiang Rai’s White Temple



.      Just when we thought we had seen all sorts of temples in Northern Thailand, we were surprised to find a unique wat (temple) a few hours Northeast of Chiang Mai, in Ban Rong Khun, Tambon Pa O Don Chai.  Known as the “White Temple“, Wat Rong Khun is a private temple constructed in 2008 by an eccentric artist, Chaloemchai Khositphiphat.




.      We have been accustomed to seeing GOLD temples in Thailand, so it was refreshing to find a pure white temple in Chiang Rai Province.  According to the Thai artist, he believes that gold is only suitable for people who lust for evil deeds.  The details are striking, from the bridge that connects it, to the murals that adorn the halls.





.      Photography is not allowed inside the hall, but I did get a chance to photograph the inside from the hallway’s massive doorway.  It would have been interesting to photograph the murals … interesting mix of the ancient (Buddha) and the contemporary (think of Superman … and Bin Laden & Bush!).  Obviously, the murals were the artist’s canvass and he liberally expressed himself in them.



.      Another interesting structure here is the “Golden Toilet” … arguably the most beautiful toilet in Thailand!  I have never seen a more beautiful toilet than this one.  And the best part was that you can use the toilet for FREE (unlike in Bangkok’s upscale malls and in other tourist places that you have to pay to use the toilet).




.      Unfortunately, this is only a stop-over on our way to the “Golden Triangle”. I would have loved to stay here longer and appreciate the art which is all over the place.  Maybe next time.





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