The White Temple In Chiang Rai – Visitor’s Guide

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The White Temple in Chiang Rai (Wat Rong Khun) is not the average temple that one would usually come across. In fact, this unique temple is one of the most recognizable temples in Thailand and known for its contemporary, unconventional, privately-owned art exhibit in the form of a Buddhist temple.

I have put together this complete guide of how to get here and what to expect when you arrive. 

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WHERE IS THE WHITE TEMPLE IN CHIANG RAI?

The White Temple is located 20-minutes southwest of Chiang Rai City, Northern Thailand.

Click here to see the location on Google maps.

If you plan on doing a day trip to Chiang Rai from Chiang Mai, the journey time is approximately 3 hours one way.

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WHITE TEMPLE CHIANG RAI OPENING HOURS & ENTRANCE FEES

The White Temple in Chiang Rai (Wat Rong Khun) is open 7 days a week from 8 am to 6 pm and the entrance fee is 50 Baht per person.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

I arrived at Wat Rong Khun Chiang Rai at 10 am and I was surprised to see that there were already crowds of people on the temple grounds. I was a little shocked, to begin with, as I don’t like visiting touristy spots where there are herds of people.

However, I spent an hour or so exploring the entirety of the temple grounds at Wat Rong Khun and had a blast regardless of the number of tourists.

The White Temple Chiang Rai stands out among most, through its white-coated exterior and plastic glass embedded into the rendering that sparkles brightly in the sun.

It is said that the white color signifies the purity of Buddha and the glass symbolizes Buddha’s wisdom. The temple was designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat, a famous visual artist and architect from Thailand.

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Photography is strictly prohibited on the inside of the White Temple in Chiang Rai, so I will try to explain what to expect as best I can in words.

The big open hall inside Wat Rong Khun has contemporary illustrations, comic book artworks, and symbols of Buddha painted on the walls from top to bottom.

Without giving too much away, I could have spent an hour inside the main temple admiring the detailed artworks.

Also inside the Wat Rong Khun complex is a number of other Buddhist temples, a golden wishing well, beautiful gardens, and an art gallery filled with more incredible illustrations from Chalermchai Kositpipat.

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WHERE TO STAY IN CHIANG RAI

Chiang Rai has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Chiang Rai to suit budget backpackers and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

Luxury: Le Patta Hotel

Mid Range: The Space Hotel

Budget: Mercy Hostel

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