White Temple, Thailand

White temple (also known as Wat Rong Khun) is an unusual Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand. The temple is artist Chaloemchai Khositphiphat’s project and the construction is expected to be completed in 2070. The construction of this contemporary style temple began in 1998.

White Temple, Thailand

White Temple, Thailand

White Temple Architecture

The temple is not 100 percent complete but the parts of the temple that are complete are open to tourists. The artist has put in a lot of thought into designing the temple as every detail of the temple has a significant meaning to it. The artist’s vision and detailing reflects his love, devotion and faith in Lord Buddha. He chose color white over golden for the temple as the meaning of color white is purity, innocence and completeness; the color of perfection.

On your way to the main temple you see a pool of hands begging to escape from hell. The sight is rather disturbing.

White Temple - Pool of Hands

White Temple – Pool of Hands

Once you cross over the pool of hands you reach a bridge guarded by some type of warriors.

White Temple Bridge

White Temple Bridge

The Golden Toilet to the left of the temple is open to public and entry to the toilet is free. Tourists queue up in front of the toilet to take pictures of this temple-like structure.

Golden Toilet

Golden Toilet

How to get to White Temple

The temple is located about 13 kilometers from Chiang Rai. Chiang Rai International Airport is located just a few kilometers from the city and car rentals are available on arrival. You can also get to the city by bus or train. The nearest train station is Chiang Mai. Tourists interested in driving to Chiang Rai can do so as the city is about 820 kms from Bangkok. The temple is open daily – 8am to 6pm.

This work of art is absolutely stunning and is definitely worth a visit if you’re travelling to Thailand.

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