About Wat Rong Khun
The White Dragon Temple, also known as Longkun Temple, Lingkwan Temple, Pua Longkun or commonly known as the White Temple, is a soon-to-be-built temple located in the small, leafy, scenic and peaceful and simple town of Chiang Rai, Thailand. It was designed by the famous Thai artist Chaloemchai Khositphiphat and construction began in 1998.
Unlike traditional Thai temples, the White Dragon Temple is a unique temple in the world, with a plain white background and silver mirror edging, reflecting a dazzling light, symbolizing the purity of Buddha and his wisdom shining on the whole universe. When completed, the temple will consist of nine buildings, including the Buddha Hall, the Buddha Statue Room, the Prayer Hall, the Meditation Hall, the Art Museum, etc. Each building is white and carved with numerous dragons in a gorgeous and unique shape; and the interior of the building is also extremely exquisitely decorated with four paintings on top, including a cobra, an elephant, the wings of a swan, and the long mane of a lion, symbolizing water, earth, wind, and fire respectively. There is a section of bridge in front of the temple, symbolizing the Buddha crossing the cycle of rebirth. In front of the bridge, there is a half circle representing the human world and a large circle with a rojhou with poisonous teeth in its mouth, indicating a distracted mind or suffering in hell.
Visiting Baekryong Temple, visitors can not only feel the perfect blend of Buddhism and art, but also see the entire temple filled with pictures of Superman taken from Hollywood blockbusters, interpreting modern elements in religion, so it is no wonder that Baekryong Temple is already receiving worldwide attention while it is still under construction.
How to get there
Buses to White Temple depart from Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1, Bus Stop 1, where the Night Bazaar is held.
Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) is 13 km from downtown Chiang Rai in the direction of Chiang Mai.
The following vehicles are available from Chiang Rai Bus Terminal
The buses directly to Wat Rong Khun are easily recognizable as they have “WHITE TEMPLE” written on the side and back of the bus body.
Fare is 20 baht one way.
Service time is every 30-60 minutes (depending on the season).
The cab quotes waiting for customers at Chiang Rai’s Bus Terminal 1 are 200 baht one way to White Temple.
If you would like to call a cab to your hotel, please use the call center (053-60162).
For those who charter a cab or tuk-tuk, the standard course is to go around with the nearby Singha Park.
The tour course from hotel pick-up to White Temple to Singha Park costs 500 baht.