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Review of Wat Rong Khun

Wat Rong Khun
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Reviewed March 11, 2014 via mobile

Just look at the pictures I think even on a bad day this place would look wonderful.

Truly spectacular :) and free!

You need to dress accordingly, cover up knees and shoulders.

Visited March 2014
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“Rows of ATM machines...”
Reviewed March 9, 2014

We came all the way up from Chiang Mai to visit this "temple" on a day trip after admiring the artist for a number of years (we all work in International Art).

First off, it's not a temple. This tourist attraction has nothing to do with the Buddhist Priesthood, it's also by no means a great example of this famous artists creativity, no doubt due to the 20 or so young Thai men actually doing all the painting/moulding etc.

As far as we can ascertain, it's sole purpose is to give Chiang Rai a famous landmark and make money for the owner who is renting all the land around it to souvenir shops, restaurants, art galleries and the like.

As to the "temple" itself. There are many photographs here which show it off to it's best. There are no photographs allowed inside the building and it's clear why. It's all in the worst possible taste. Reminiscent of Disney and Gaudi. As Americans we even found some of it offensive (twin towers being destroyed).

This attraction serves one purpose only, it's a central (free) attraction of a money making theme park. The staff are rude in the extreme and we feel we wasted a lot of time.

Visited March 2014
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“Unique white temple”
Reviewed March 9, 2014

Famous in Chiangrai and known as white temple.
Worth a visit and a must go attraction at Chiangrai.
Please reach there before 530pm local time.
Visit is free and better to visit during evening, is less crowded and you get at sunset view at white temple and is beautiful!
More things are going to add on surround the temple.

Visited March 2014
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“Always something new and suprising”
Reviewed March 8, 2014

We have visited Wat Rong Khun already many times and every time we are suprised by the the new things they added. Big fun to see and take some time to feel the critical message the artist wants to tell.

Visited December 2013
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“White Temple”
Reviewed March 7, 2014

If you are in Chiang Mai, you definitely need to take a tour around the city of Chiang Mai and visit some of the temples. Most of the temples are free if you are going on your own, but if you book a tour the fee are cover (just make sure to ask question about and don't expect otherwise don't be disappointed.) The one temple that is a must see is the Wat Rong Kuhun, which is also know as the "White Temple". The temple is totally white and very beautiful, the only drawback was the temple itself. They tell you no photo and you think it will be very beautiful inside but as soon as you get to the front of the temple it was not what you expect. It is a busy place and you do need to cover up your shoulder and legs as it is a temple, but just bring along a shawl or short sleeves shirt and a pair of light pants and leave it in the car. But overall the white temple is very beautiful and it blows your mind away even the temple inside was not so exciting. Beside that, I recommend to book a day trip tour around Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai and you will not regret it.

Visited February 2014
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