Famous Temples

Famous Temples in Chiangrai Province

Wat Rong Khun (White Temple ) Chiang Rai

Wat Rong Khun (White Temple ) Chiang Rai

Wat Rong Khun, more well-known among foreigners as the White Temple, is an unconventional Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Designed in 1997 by noted Thai painter-turned-architect Chalermchai Kositpipat, this magnificent temple is a bizarre blend of traditional Thai architecture and the surreal. The main building is painted white to symbolise Buddha’s purity, and is […]

Wat Phra That Doi Tung – Chiang Rai

Wat Phra That Doi Tung – Chiang Rai

Doi Chom Thong has undoubtedly been a sacred site for a very long time. The site was surely revered as the home of local spirits before Buddhism arrived in the area. As in many Thai wats, Spirit Houses coexist happily with the newer Buddhist shrines. Elephants are part of the lore of Doi Chom Thong. […]

Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong – Chiang Rai

Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong – Chiang Rai

The Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong is a temple built in the mountain city of Doi Chom Thong. In 1260, King Mengrai is said to have visited, viewed the surrounding area, and pronounced it suitable for the establishment of a city. According to the Yonok Chronicle, the temple’s chedi was originally built in the […]

Wat Phra That Chom Kitti – Chiang Rai

Wat Phra That Chom Kitti – Chiang Rai

Wat Phra That Chom Kitti sits on the top of hill alongside Wat Chom Chaeng, which is of more recent vintage. The most notable structure of Wat Phra That Chom Kitti is its crooked chedi, which contains a fragment of the Buddha relic that was split into three and divided amongst this site, Wat Phra […]

Wat Phra That Chedi Luang – Chiang Rai

Wat Phra That Chedi Luang – Chiang Rai

  Wat Chedi Luang, next to the National Museum, was once Chiang Saen’s main temple. There’s no exact date for the temple’s founding, but most agree it must have been between the twelfth and fourteenth century. The large chedi (pagoda) which gives the temple its name is 18 meters (60 feet) tall. The octagonal shape […]

Wat Phra Sing – Chiang Rai

Wat Phra Sing – Chiang Rai

One of Chiang Rai’s oldest temples, the Wat Phra Singh was built in 1385, a little over a century after the city of Chiang Rai was founded by King Mengrai in 1262. The main structures of the Lanna style temple are the ubosot, the viharn, a chapel containing a footprint of the Buddha and the […]

Wat Pa Sak – Chiang Saen

Wat Pa Sak – Chiang Saen

  Located outside the city walls, approximately one kilometer to the west of Chiang Saen in Tambon Wiang is Wat Pa Sak, which used to be the resedence of the patriarch. When King Saen Phu built the temple in 1295, three hundred teak trees were planted hence the name Pa Sak (Teak Forest). With ornamental […]

Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong

Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong

  Wat Doi Thong (Phra That Chomthong) sits atop a hill above the northwest side of town, up a steep staircase off Kaisornrasit Road. This location where King Mengrai is believed to have chosen the site for his new Lanna Capital offers an overview of the town and a panorama of the Mae Kok Valley. […]

Wat Phra Kaeo – The Emerald Buddha

Wat Phra Kaeo – The Emerald Buddha

  Wat Phra Kaew is one of the oldest and most revered Buddhist temples in Chiang Rai. It is unclear when the temple was founded. The temple was originally called Wat Pa Yeah or Wat Pa Yah as it was surrounded by a dense yellow bamboo grove locally known as Yeah or Yah. In 1434 […]