Perhaps only royalty answers the call of nature in more sumptuous comfort. These ornate restrooms at Wat Rong Khun glow in stark contrast to the temple's surrounding white buildings. The upper storey serves as the living quarters and office of the its visionary, Chalermchai Kositpipat, a controversial, award-winning Thai visual artist.
Wat Rong Khun is an unconventional Buddhist temple outside Chiang Rai that is being constructed under the direction of Kositpipatintent with the intention of this being his master work and devotional offering to Lord Buddha. Construction began in 1997 and, similar to Gaudi's Sagrada Família, is not expected to be completed until well after the artist's death (in 60-70 years). Work on the White Temple is largely financed by Kositpipat to maintain artistic integrity, although individual donations up to ฿10,000 are accepted. There will be a total of nine buildings on the nearly 3-acre site – viharn, chedi, ubosot, ho trai, mondop, phra rabieng, crematorium, art gallery, restrooms.
Wat Rong Khun
Baan Rong Khun, Pa O Don Chai Sub-District
Mueang District, Chiang Rai 57000
Tel: +66 (053) 673 579
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