Photo: A solid dose of far out.

Wat Rong Suea Ten

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In case Chiang Rai felt it was coming up a bit short in the unusual temple range then recently completed Wat Rong Suea—commonly known as the Blue temple—tops it up nicely.

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What’s more it has a convenient riverside location just across the Kok River from the downtown area and is fortuitously placed right next to the sumptuous Ban Chivit Thamma Da Coffee Shop and Restaurant.

Think blue. Photo taken in or around Wat Rong Suea Ten, Chiang Rai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Think blue. Photo: Mark Ord

As the name suggests, this bright blue Buddhist temple is a spectacular creation. The elaborate main worshipping hall comes with amazingly intricate gold-painted trimmings but if you’re impressed by the exterior wait until you see the inside! A kind of semi-translucent white, seated Buddha—lit by blue spot lamps—also reflects the blue shades from the walls, ceiling and columns of which every square inch is covered in more intricate gold and silver designs.

It does lack an Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson or any superheroes but the walls are lined with gold-framed tableaux depicting scenes from the life of Buddha. Scattered around the exterior of the main hall you’ll find more elaborate carvings and a bright blue-coloured—of ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)


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