If you would like to learn more about Wat Rong Khun or the White Temple in Chiang Rai and why the mystical temple is so popular among visitors to the region, you have come to the right place. Here’s more information on this beautiful piece of architecture.
1. Creations of a Visual Artist
Situated just a 20-minute drive from Hotel Sooknirund, Wat Rong Khun is the creation of Chalermchai Kositpipat who is a popular painter and visual artist born in Chiang Rai. The temples that were constructed under his care are all considered very iconic because he melds traditional architecture schools with figments of his own imagination. This creates the most unique results.
2. Unique Architecture
Many a hotel in Chiang Rai recommends Wat Rong Khun as a place you should visit when looking for things to do in the city. Most of the recommendations will be places that were created and designed by the enigmatic Chalermchai Kositpipat; like the clock tower. The White Temple was designed to take you on a visual journey from “hell” to “heaven.”
3. Interior Designs
The interiors of the White Temple are exquisite with two Buddha statues that almost seem to float on their lotus pedestals and the walls and roof covered in golden murals that are very intricate. Charlemchai uses modern pop culture figures as well as traditional gods and demons.
4. Still Incomplete
The temple is still incomplete even though construction began in 1998. There’s still so much of the outer structures that need completion and the date was given as 2020.