Wat Rong Khun

An Easy Tours' Photo Essay

Wat Rong Khun forgoes the traditional gold and orange colors of a Thai Buddhist temple.

Often referred to as the “White Temple,” Wat Rong Khun is the creation of artist turned architect Chalermchai Kositpipat.

To enter the temple, visitors must cross a footbridge spanning a lake of grasping hands representing the Buddhist hell of desire.

Most Buddhist iconography in Thailand is covered in gold-leaf, but the White Temple’s statues and exterior are white-washed and inlayed with mirror shards.

The temple grounds are particularly stunning at sunrise and sunset.

An earthquake this month in Chiang Rai damaged the temple severely.

The temple has been closed for repairs until further notice.