white temple

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Wat Rong Khun (White Temple), Chiang Rai

Another one of those places that has been sitting in my “to visit” list for ages and I must say- it was so much more impressive in real life than I had ever imagined. All the little details, the weird fixtures outside and then the interesting painting inside the temple (no photos were allowed) make this such a fascinating and unique place.

My heart melted when back in May, when the trip was still in the planning process, i heard that the temple had been destroyed during the earthquake that affected Chiang Rai area. Originally, the temple was shut down and it was unclear if it would be reopen again. Fortunately, the artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, who designed the temple back in 1997 agreed to rebuild the temple in the next two years. Meanwhile some buildings of the temple are shut for the visitors it’s still a breathtaking place to visit.