Wat Rong Khun- The White Temple
The Wat Rong Khun also know to tourists as The White temple is a contemporary privately owned art exhibit in Chiang Rai, Thailand. It officially opened to visitors in 1997.
My friends and I decided to rent a car with a driver for the day to make the 3 hour trip from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai. It was about $100 to have a personal driver for the day but well worth it as the driver took us to The White Temple, The Blue Temple, the hot springs, and the long neck women village.
The entrance fee to the White temple is 50 THB. The white temple is unlike any other temple in Thailand so even if you’re done with the temple tourist scene this one is a MUST! It does get a bit crowded so try to get there at 9:00 AM or right before closing time around 4:00 PM to avoid the crowds.
Take the time to reflect on the temples religious meaning as well otherwise you will miss the entire point of the Way Kong Khun. The meaning is evident that one must over come hell in order to reach heaven. The main area is white to represent the purity of Budha, with mirrored pieces to reflect his wisdom.
The temple is separated into 3 different areas. The white bridge is symbolic to the “cycle of rebirth”. It’s a bridge extending to the main building and is reached by crossing the bridge over a small lake.
Before the bridge there are hundreds of hands outreaching from the ground which resembles the unrestrained desire. It’s showing that the way to happiness is by resisting temptation, greed, and desire.
When you cross the bridge you enter the gate of heaven which is guarded by two creates who decide the fate of the dead.
In the ubosot, which is the principal building there are demon faces being depicted which show the initial message at people are wicked!
The golden building represents how people focus on worldly desires and money. Whereas the white building represents the idea to make merit and to focus on the mind.
The temple was definitely worth the trip and will continue to expand until 2070. They plan on making 9 buildings and continuously expanding the popular tourist attraction.
The Wat Rong Suea Ten also known as the Blue Temple is located in Long Suea Ten in the district of Rimkok and is one of the most epic sights to see. This temple is well known for the giant statue of Buddha with a seemingly well embrace of deity.
The Blue Temple was completed in 2016 representing the Dharma, the Lord Budha virtue code of moral. The temple is filled with flowers and paintings that are reminiscent of the styles you can see in the white temple.
Admission to the temple is free, yet there is no public transportation to take you to the temple. I rented a car for the day which took us to the sight along with other tourist attractions. When visiting the temple you should also dress properly with long skirts, pants and tops that cover your shoulders. Some parts require you to take your shoes off as well.