Wat Rong Khun
Wat Rong Khun
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  • fhoffmannb
    Düsseldorf, Germany471 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place
    Wow! For sure we had seen pictures before but reality clearly was even nicer. Very beautiful place even knowing that it was started to be built only in 1997 and has no religious function. A must see on our trip through Thailand.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Chewbacca Wong
    Hong Kong, China24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning.
    A beautiful temple complex with art galleries, all spotlessly clean. Having been to the Taj Mahal, I thought nothing could match it, but this comes close. Arrived around 1:30 pm when there were relatively few people and some good photo opportunities. Staff all very polite and helpful. Well worth the drive from Chiang Mai and a wonderful first day in Chiang Rai.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Frederika1234
    Nice, France40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing architecture
    The unique beauty, the whiteness and the delicate architecture make it a stunning temple to see. It is one of the most beautiful temple I have seen in Thailand. It gives you the feeling of being in a wonderland; Depending on the angle and how it shines, it looks like it is made of ice, lace, glass or porcelain, it is really one of a kind temple. The temple is outside the town of Chiang Rai. For travellers without a car rental or a prebooked tour, you can just hire a taxi from Chiang Rai, it is not expensive.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Uncut
    Neusaess, Germany46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic architectural temple
    Pretty astonishing architectural monuments. It is just outside of Chiang Rai, but probably one of the must-sees in comparison to some other temples. You have to dress politely as usual and pay 100 Baht per person, which is absolutely fine. It is a bigger place with several buildings (not just the temple itself). Great to walkt through, recharge a little bit, before the next trip starts. Additionally there is a chance for additional trips / exhibitions for an extra charge, but we did not went through those add-ons.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 August 2023
  • ERIC R
    San Francisco, California27 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning, profound, impressive, do not miss
    One of the most astonishing collections/works of art I have ever seen. Very sad that no photo was allowed of painted artwork inside main building. Make sure you see the gallery of Chalermchai’s paintings which is next to the actual temple- as an artist myself it was very profound. Wish I could have bought a print but no way to bring back to USA without damage. Also MAKE SURE you go right when the temple opens and try not to go on a Saturday because half hour after opening the place was packed with people. Impossible to get photos with no other tourists in background (same at Blue Temple)
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 August 2023
  • Soumen C
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India268 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning temple
    It is quite stunning and lived up to my high expectations. This was the highlight of the Chiang Rai trip and everyone liked the photos the most. It would be a good idea to reach this place early as it tends to get quite crowded. We went there from Chiang Mai and reached by 9.30. There were very few tourists when we arrived and we could take some nice pictures of ourselves. It is fairly large complex and you can enjoy some time here if you have spare time.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 September 2023
  • MNB55
    Greater Sydney, Australia122 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be Missed in any trip to Thailand,
    This Wat is amazing. Although not that old by Thai standards it is up there with the best. Only 100b to enter. You can take all the pictures you want from outside but then you will miss the experience of inside. It is a must to see in Chiang Rai.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 October 2023
  • Laurie R
    Chiang Rai, Thailand79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wheelchairs available! Beautiful temple grounds!!
    I’ve been to this temple several times. It never disappoints! It is however getting very popular and therefore is extremely busy. Lots and lots of people everywhere!! Most of the grounds are free but if you wish to walk through the main temple, It costs 100 baht for a foreigner. The best part of this temple which I just discovered on my visit yesterday is they have complimentary wheelchairs available at the front and back entrance (by the parking lot) for anyone with mobility issues. The staff is WONDERFUL to assist with getting the chair up and down the ramps also (they are a bit steep so it can be difficult to manage alone). So helpful!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 October 2023
  • MarcelaMan
    Saladillo, Argentina42 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting
    Interesting temple, modern art, different, full of symbolism, nothing predictable. Admission is cheap. Don't forget to wear appropriate clothing, shoulders covered and legs up to the knees as well. If you need it, there are shops nearby that rent sarongs. It's very easy to get to, you can take a Grab.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 October 2023
  • Food Paradise Network
    Bali, Indonesia49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    one word: AMAZING!
    Overall rating: 8/10 ⭐️ Best to reach by: Tour/local guide What to expect: A beautiful temple with intricate and amazing details. The area of this temple is not very large, but its all-white architecture makes it the best and highly popular to visit. The pool in front of the temple enhances its visual beauty as it reflects during the day. The temple itself has been under construction for many years, and the details, as you can see, are truly amazing. Must-do: When coming to this temple, you must bring a hat, sun block, and everything you need for a sunny day (it's very hot during the daytime!!!!). Don't wear shorts because this is a religious place; show respect by covering your legs with long trousers or a skirt. You can explore the temple in about an hour; that's enough time as it is not very big. However, make sure to stop by for a while because you'll want to take good pictures. Don't worry about food, drinks, or if you don't wear any hat or else because there are shops there, but you need to bargain for a good price. Tips: To reach this temple, we suggest taking a local tour or hiring a local taxi driver. We booked a driver who lives in Chiang Rai for a day to visit all the best temples in Chiang Rai, including the White Temple, Black Temple, Big Buddha Temple, and Blue Temple. He drives, drops you off, and waits for you to finish your visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 November 2023
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK1,84,997 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This is just about the most beautiful Buddhist temple I've seen in all of Northern Thailand. The building foregoes the usual coloured glass or any colour at all. The building is completely in white to represent the purity of the Buddha. The building was designed by art master Chalermchai Kositpipat, so it's no surprise that there is plenty of art and artistic flourishes making a visit the perfect Instagram spot. The centrepiece of the complex is the ubosot white temple that is full of symbolism. These include the hands grasping for help from the Lord Buddha for an end to their cycle of suffering. Then there's the same single file bridge to the main temple. There's loads of other magnificent buildings and sculptures in the complex. It's a shame I only had an hour as part of a tour group. I could've easily spent half a day here.
Written 15 April 2024
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Jeffrey P
Boston, MA230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The White Temple, formally known as Wat Rong Khun, is an unconventional Buddhist temple designed and built in the late 20th century. The entire temple compound is decorated in a distinctive white color, using white plaster molded into intricate designs incorporating elements of Buddhist and Hindu mythology. For example, one area had a section where human hands were reaching out from the ground to represent human pain and suffering. We only spent a brief amount of time inside the temple because of how crowded it was, but it was impressive to walk through and see all of the intricate detail. It was also an entire campus, so there were other buildings and structures to explore as well.
Written 14 April 2024
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Nene J
Perth, Australia102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
A grandious masterpiece created with imagination with lots of intricate details to feast for curious minds and eyes.
See the journey and struggles between good and evil on the walls inside the temple and take in the beautiful temple on the outside.
Wander around the grounds and marvel at what you see.

Entry paid 100bht
Written 22 March 2024
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Joakim Z
Berlin, Germany178 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Impressive site located outside of Chiang Rai.
The temple was however feeling a bit fake, it was very special in appearance and with the art in the front of the temple when walking to the hall with the monk, it just felt out of place.

With speakers sounding "pronto pronto" as well, you had to rush rather than walking peacefully.

It was worth seeing and it was very special but also a bit out of place.

Glad I have seen it.
Written 13 March 2024
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cornwall15
Durham, NC200 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
This temple has very detailed and beautiful architecture. It is not only pleasing to look at there are many stories/lessons embedded in the artwork. It's an extraordinary example of creative expression based on religious devotion and well worth the admission price. Take time to seek out the details of construction and decoration. Try to go early in the morning as the lighting then greatly enhances the artistic effects!
Written 12 March 2024
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camiam001
Grunthal, Canada131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This is well worth a stop at Chiang Rai. Plan to spend about 3 hours walking about and taking photos. We had a tour guide who explained many features including lots of information about the creator. If you don't use a guide, Google it before you arrive. The art work and brilliance are amazing. We were there on a cloudy day which can be better for reducing photo shadows but I expect it would be even more impressive on a sunny day.
Written 7 March 2024
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Hoody M
Toronto, Canada138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
When in Northern Thailand DO NOT MISS THIS TEMPLE !!!!
This is one of the most beautiful temples I’ve ever seen.
It could get a little crowded during the touristy season, but it’s definitely worth the he effort.
Written 4 March 2024
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Clair3_W
Amsterdam, NY2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
So our favorite tourist spot. The place is very spacious so there is no need to squeeze through. It's just that the hot weather feels very hot here. The cool and unique building makes you want to take as many photos as possible 😊
Written 26 February 2024
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James I
New York City, NY576 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Probably one of the most famous things to see in Chiang Rai for a reason, this is definitely a sight to behold as taking in the view of the complex all at once is almost too much. While there is still work to be done here, plenty of it is complete, including the additional golden building that houses the bathrooms. Be sure not to miss the art exhibit while visiting. Once inside the temple, you may be surprised to see the walls covered with an odd mixture of pop culture characters and icons, but dont forget this place is fairly new and the artist is a big fan of Western media. If I had any complaints, it would be the actual quality of the construction itself is a cheaper plaster/wire mesh technique that's used more for speed and cost than it is durability and longevity. Still absolutely worth the trip and can easily be seen with other temples on a day trip.
Written 25 February 2024
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Hera MN
Malaysia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
The tourist area is wide and There are lots of cool photo spots here because the buildings are really cool. The air is very hot when the weather is sunny so I recommend coming in the morning or afternoon.
Written 25 February 2024
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