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Amphoe Mueang, Chiang Rai
Also known as The White Temple, Wat Rong Khun is regarded as one of the most beautiful temples built in this century. A masterpiece of artist Chaloemchai Kositpipat, famed for his extravagant and unique Buddhism-related paintings, Wat Rong Khun reflects the artist’s grand visions of heaven, hell and Nirvana. The main assembly hall and adjacent area are carved in white with glass mosaics. The construction started in 1997 and even the assembly hall is not yet completed: only two walls have been painted with a depiction of heaven and hell. Look closely and you’ll see pictures of international heroes like Spiderman, Sailor Moon and even Ben 10 hidden in the murals. When it’s completed (it could take 50 years), the temple will have nine buildings. Donations are welcome but should not exceed B10,000 as Chaloemchai doesn’t want to be under the influence of big donors, even though he’s spent more than B40 million of his own cash.
Opening hours: Daily 6.30am - 6pm
Contact: Tel. 053-673-579
From the city of Chiang Rai, drive north along Asia Highway.