The White Temple

Wat Rong Khun – the White Temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand

Wat Rong Khun (the White Temple) is the most popular attraction in Chiang Rai and the personal project of well known Chiang Rai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. The famous Chiang Rai clocktower and ornamental street lights are also designed by the same artist.

Wikipedia – On 5 May 2014 at 18:08 (local time), the temple was damaged by the earthquake in Mae Lao that struck the province.[6] It was closed indefinitely.[7] Chalermchai said on 6 May that he would demolish the structures for safety reasons and would not rebuild it.[8]

On May 7, after an engineering expert team inspected and affirmed that all buildings in the compound were structurally unharmed by the quake, Chalermchai announced that he would restore the temple to its original beauty in two years and promised to devote his life to the work. He also announced that the temple area will be open to visitors from the afternoon of 8 May. The gallery building opened shortly thereafter. But for some buildings, specifically, ubosot itself, visitors are only allowed to take pictures outside.


 

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