A stroll around Wat Rong Khun

in travel •  last year

Wat Rong Khun

Also known as 'The White Temple' located in Chiang Rai, Thailand which was built artist and architect, Chalermchai Kositpipat (check out his artwork in the onsite museum).  If you are interested, please read up on the background info of the site as it was covered quite well by @bkkshadow in one of his posts.   Aside from being an architectural jewel, it's meant to cause the visitor to consider the aspects of his/her life including greed (gold) among other human qualities.

The wishing well is housed in a stunning pavillion.  The maintenance that must go on at this site must be like that of an amusement park as everything is so very well manicured and well though-out.  Clarity of this water is impressive.

After exiting the primary temple, you come upon this covered walkway which is quite welcome.  Upon closer inspection, you become overwhelmed by the numbers of medallions overhead. 

The White Temple framed by the wishing well pavillion and the wishing trees

Long covered walkway adorned with medallions purchased by past visitors for around 30 baht and individually attached along rods just below the metal roof.  There are also some wishing trees with more medallions upon which people have written their names and/or prayers.  Here you can see that there is a lot more than meets the eye (referring to the image above).

(sufficiently over-sharpened if I don't say so myself!)

A shot without many tourists isn't so easy to get, this is a handheld shot, though I did a few with a 10x ND filter.

Golden bathroom

Last, but not least:

Hopefully, I've only given you more reasons to go and see this for yourself unless, of course, you are a woman in which case a photo of the women's bathroom would be great!

Large bus loads of tourists do arrive early in the morning and is almost empty by 3pm.  I heard there are cycle tours you can take out of Chiang Rai which make a stop here as well.  It's just south of town and you could also take the Red bus out of CR's bus terminal in the center near the night market for about 20baht if you didn't want to pay a taxi.

#travel #thailand #life #photography

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