Wat Rong Khun or better known as the white temple, is a modern Buddhist temple located in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Wat Rong Khun is probably the most unique and beautiful temples in Thailand. The man behind Wat Rong Khun is the National Thai Artist Chalermchai Kositpipat who is known for his contemporary style.
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Wat Rong Khun is still a work-in-progress project. When fully completed, Wat Rong Khun would have a total of 9 buildings, and estimate would take over 100 years to complete. Therefore, every year, you would see different changes here and there at Wat Rong Khun.
Wat Rong Khun stands out through the stark white which signifies the purity of Lord Buddha and the pieces of spakling glass in the plaster symbolising the Buddha’s wisdom and the Dhamma, the Buddhist teachings, shining out across the Universe.
As you proceed further into the temple grounds, you will find yourself in the artist’s visionary art and surreal vision of Buddhism. Every detail of Wat Rong Khun carries deep religious symbolism, like the bridge which is guarded by two guardians while traversing through an ocean of hands intensely reaching for the surface from the cycle of death and rebirth. This frightful sight sends goosebumps to many and just gives me the shudders. Crossing the bridge symbolises heading towards the Buddha realm and rising to a state of nirvana.
At the side of the main building, there is a golden wishing well. Do pray sincerity and make a wish. You can also get a trinket, write your wishes and hang them inside the temple grounds.
Despite all the stark white in Wat Rong Khun, there exists one prominent golden building that you definitely won’t miss it. THE LUXURIOUS GOLDEN TOILET !!!
Don’t forget to visit the art gallery before your exit. It houses a number of masterpieces by Mr Chalermchai Kositpipat.
Do Take Note:
- Wat Rong Khun is open daily from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm
- Wat Rong Khun is a sacred Temple and a place for prayer and worship, Therefore:
- Please respect its religious significance and be mindful of your behaviour
- Photography is allowed throughout the temple grounds but not within the Ubosot
- Dress appropriately. Avoid revealing clothing such as short skirts/shorts and tank tops.
Bonus Tip !!!
Try to arrive as early as possible, if you want to beat the crowds. You wouldn’t want your selfie to get photobomb by hordes of tourists.