The number of temples we’ve visited on this trip is overwhelming and a count I’ve never attempted to keep. Many blend together but a few – like each of the Angkor Wat temples – and Wat Rong Khun are sufficiently unique to stand apart.
Known as the White Temple, Wat Rong Khun was built by a wealthy artist/architect beginning in 1997. In time, he plans to have an entire Buddhist compound on the site and the frame of a meditation center sits squarely beside the temple. Photos are not permitted inside the temple and guards get antsy about people taking too many photos outside – more than once we were yelled at to move on but we’ve done our best to give you a glimpse of this unusual place.
An earthquake in the spring of 2014 caused structural damage to the temple but in some ways, I think the broken bit at the top is appropriate to this irreverent place of worship.
The White Temple is located a bit south of Chiang Rai and admission is free. If you’re in the area, it’s well worth a detour.