Photo: Not called the White Temple for nothing.

Wat Rong Khun

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A visit to the famous White Temple, or Wat Rong Khun to give it its correct name, has become absolutely de rigeur for any visitor to Chiang Rai. Spectacular, spectacularly kitsch or just simply kitsch this highly ornate, all white, icing sugar temple certainly divides opinion.

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According to the artist/architect, the white plaster coating symbolises Buddha’s purity, while the pieces of glass covering the walls represent Buddha’s wisdom. (Even the apparently very pure koi carp in the surrounding pool are white.) The temple is a work in progress with new elements continually being added, although damage from a 2014 earthquake necessitated some minor structural repairs, putting new additions temporarily on the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)


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