We were told by our tourist adviser in Chiang Mai to be sure and see it when we went north to Chiang Rai. Good advice indeed. We almost missed it and indeed would have if not pre warned. It is not really visible from the highway and unless you are looking for it you will miss it. But we were so glad we found it…. AMAZING is a word we used several times and it truly is. The man Chalermchai Kositpipat that built it must be an extraordinary person. I have added some links to other web sites about the temple, click on the links they will give you more info and better pictures than I took. the links will leave this page open and open in a separate window..
Wat Rong Khun well-known among foreigners as the White Temple, is a contemporary unconventional Buddist Temple in Chiang Rai Province Thailand. It was designed by Chalermchai Kositpipatin in 1997. He paid for the construction himself as an offering to Buddah.
On May 5th 2014 it was badly damaged by an earthquake and it was feared it would be demolished but Chalermchai Kositpipat vowed to rebuild it. The temple is considered national treasure. We will try our best to finish repairing in two years. The temple will be re open except the main building which sustained major damage” said Chalermchai Kositpipat. We saw a little damage to one building and did not realise it was the result of an earthquake until doing some research after.
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