Wat Rong Khun

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Wat Rong Khun

Wat Rong Khun is one of a considerable number of religious places in Chiang Rai. Originating from the great devotion of renowned Thai artist, Chalermchai Kosipipat the temple is dedicated to Lord Buddha with the intention to construct an attainable paradise on earth representing righteousness and the encouragement of good karma. With regard to outstanding quality in art and tremendously elaborate architecture, the consecrated assembly hall in Wat Rong Khun is different from any other temple in terms of having both carved gable apexes and tooth-like ridges. The hall itself is mostly constructed in pure white, illustrative of the Buddha’s purity. Glittering clear-mirrored glass serves as the Awakened One’s wisdom shining over the earth and the universe. Together with these elements, there are sophisticated murals by Chalermchai himself that should not be missed.

The consecrated assembly hall’s interior walls are decorated with gold paintings. Whilst ceiling and floors are adorned with paintings showing a subject matter of deliverance from defilements into the supramudane state The roof is designed to represent the Threefold Learning; precepts, concentration, and wisdom. According to Chalermchai’s intentions, nine monastic buildings with various styles have been gradually constructed. This Buddhist artwork signifies the great heaven accepted and praised the world over.Even though the temple is still under construction, this outstanding monastic treasure offers us a place where Buddhist related matters can be perceived. By meticulous architectural components, not only elaborate physical elements can be explored, but also visitors can contemplate Dharma via this religious marvel. Wat Rong Khun is open daily 6.30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Location and getting there

Wat Rong Khun can be found at Pa Or Donchai subdistrict, Mueang district, Chiang Rai. From the city of Chiang Rai, follow Highway No. 1 (Chiang Rai – Pha Yao) and turn right at roadside at km. 816, then go straight along for 100 meters.