The Most Expensive Temple- EVER.

Welcome to Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai’s most epic and visually stunning Buddhist temple. In my opinion at least. Can you believe this massive work of art was created by the Thai architect Chalermchai Kositpipat, costing him $22 Million of his own money? Wild. It was built in 1996, but it’s still not yet done. They estimate to finish this contemporary work of art in 90 years. La Sagrada Familia, is that you?

The details in this temple are insane. Every inch is a masterpiece in its own. When you arrive, you’ll see the majesty of this place and its surrounding lake, mirroring its grandeur. At the entrance, there are ghouls and goblins as well as skeletons and creepy hands reaching out from the earth, symbolizing hell. You walk up the ramp (without your shoes or your cameras), to cross into the “higher realm” or the main temple. The realm of Buddah, and reaching the state of Nirvana. Inside, the walls are decorated with contemporary art depicting man’s greed and desire. I wish I could have shown you, but they didn’t allow photography in there. I can say though, that Marvel characters have made quite an appearance over there. Such modern art you wouldn’t normally expect in a temple. It was AMAZING.

If you are ever in the north of Thailand, I highly recommend making the drive up to Chiang Rai to see this beautiful spectacle. Wake up really early and get there before 10, so you can take good photos. Otherwise, the hoards of Chinese tourists will beat you to it. Enjoy!

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15 Responses to The Most Expensive Temple- EVER.

  1. Jolene says:

    Huhu i need to go there asap!! T’was just soooo beautiful. Ill surely visit Chiang Mai on my next trip to Thailand

  2. Bianca says:

    Although you were not able to take pictures inside the temple, it’s as if you have taken us there na by how you described it in your post. thanks for that! <3 Love you always, Kryz!

  3. Jennifer says:

    Very beautiful! I have to visit there some day. This temple is stunning and I really like the history behind it. :)

  4. Olga says:

    Absolutely stunning!

  5. Kris says:

    Would love to go! How were you able to go there? Were you on package tour?

  6. Ysabel says:

    Wow! The carvings are so intricate and detailed. I didn’t know it not yet finished and I wonder how it would look like once it’s done. Hope I’m still alive after 90 years 😀

  7. Ysabel says:

    I love how all the carvings are so detailed and intricate. I wonder how it would look like after it’s done and I’m hope I’m still alive by the time it’s completed 😀

  8. Lois says:

    Those are extremely intricate designs! How can the architech never run out of design ideas?!

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