White temple in Thailand (Wat Rong Khun)
This temple is not in the city of Chiang Rai, about fifteen kilometers from the city, however, it is assumed that the attraction of the city. The temple is sometimes disparagingly referred to as "remakes", and the locals do not perceive it as a real temple, but, nevertheless, this temple is very interesting, beautiful and worth a visit. Fully justifying its name, the temple is all white and incredibly beautiful. It is best to visit it at sunrise or sunset.
The temple is very modern, construction began in 1997, and work is still ongoing. The author is a young Thai architect Chalermchai Kositpipat. We can say that it's the temple of the avant-garde of Thailand. But you better see for yourself.
In 2014 in the province happened strong earthquake, the temple was damaged and it was planned to close it. However after some work it is again open to the public, though some of its buildings until you can see only from the outside.
When visiting the White temple should follow the same rules as when you attend conventional Church in Thailand: covered shoulders, long pants. Among the restrictions is a ban to enter with food, dogs, umbrellas (from the sun), and you can't smoke in the temple.
When visiting the white temple, the rule according to which foreign tourists without the support of the guide entrance to the temple is forbidden (it is written on the sign at the entrance). But in practice, while these restrictions do not apply. If you stop at the entrance to the temple, do not despair and try to negotiate, hiring a guide on the spot (there is a suspicion that this rule is also introduced). Well, at least, can enter the temple through the exit, while no one is looking.
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: entrance to the temple is 50 baht. Photography inside is forbidden, but you can buy postcards with pictures of the inside of the murals.
🚶 How to get there: the temple is located 15 kilometres from town on highway No. 1 towards Chiang Mai (the position of the White temple on the map). To reach the temple from the city by bus from the old bus station in Chiang Rai . The fare to the temple is 20 baht (currency of Thailand, the exchange rate). If you are going to get to the temple in a leased vehicle, you can find it (the temple) will be very easy: it is clearly visible from highway 1.
🕐 Working time: working temple with 8 to 18 hours, but to see and photograph from the outside at any time. It is best to visit the temple early in the morning, as from 11 o'clock there is just a huge influx of tourists and to make good photos difficult.