Thailand Tour: The White Temple of Chiang Rai
Thailand tour The White Temple Chiang Rai, or with its original name Wat Rong Khun is the most magnificent temple you can visit in Chiang Rai. The White Temple hosts large number of both Thai and foreign visitors every year. What makes this temple unique and attractive is its white color that covers the whole building and shines beautifully in the sunlight. The choice of white is to emphasize the purity of the Buddha.
History of the White Temple of Chiang Rai
At the end of 20th century, the temple was at a miserable condition, and even though there was an attempt to restore the White Temple of Chiang Rai, it was held off because of money issues. A little bit longer after the pause of the temple’s restoration, a hero who was born in Chiang Rai, named Chalermchai Kositpipat, decided to restore the temple with his own work and money since he was an artist.
The construction which brought the White Temple’s fame began more than 20 years ago. However, the building is still going under changes everyday as well as the gardens. It is also surprising to know that the White Temple of Chiang Rai survived an earthquake in 2012. After the tremor, the building was inspected but there were no damage on it, so it remained open for public visiting and viewing.
How Can You Get to the White Temple of Chiang Rai
The Wat Rong Khun is located on Phaholyothin road, 15 kilometers away from Chiang Rai town. The most pleasant way to get there is taking a taxi. If you go there from Chiang Rai it will mostly take 20 minutes and cost 250-300 Baht. If you are planning to stay the night in Chiang Rai, there are lots of hotels that you can book.
If you want to take the bus, it is quite easy to use public transportation to get to the White Temple. Busses take off from the bazaar which is located in the centre of Chiang Rai to the White Temple. It takes 30 minutes to reach there and costs 20 Baht.
Opening hours an entrance payment
The White Temple of Chiang Rai also gets visited by Thai people especially on weekends and national holidays. The temple stays open between 8am to 6pm everyday. You need to pay 50 Baht to enter the building. If you would like, you can also donate money to help the maintenance of the building. There is an art gallery on the grounds that sells the White Temple’s hero’s, Chalermchai Kositpipat’s art works but it closes 30 minutes before the temple closes. If you want to buy gifts for your friends and family or have a snack, there are also cafes and gift shops on the grounds.
However, there are certain rules you have to follow when you visit The White Temple of Chiang Rai:
- Be reverent and dress accordingly, wear no revealing clothes.
- You cannot take any photos in the main building.
- You need to take off your shoes before entering the White Temple.
Hope you have fun while visiting this amazing piece of artwork.