One of the most well-known tourist attractions in Northern Thailand is Wat Rong Khun (วัดร่องขุ่น). It is the highlight of any visit to Chiang Rai province. Most foreigners know it by the name of The White Temple. It’s a really beautiful building both inside and out and is definitely worth a visit. However, on 5th May 2014 it was damaged by an earthquake. The National Disaster Warning Center announced that this was the strongest earthquake ever recorded in Thailand. First reports suggested that it was damaged beyond repair. But, after an engineer surveyed the buildings, it was declared that it could be restored to its former glory. The main damage was a spire, roof tiles and some murals inside the temple building. Renovation is expected to take two years. Tourists are allowed to visit the temple but they cannot go inside the main building. Recently, local people held a merit making ceremony at the temple partly as a way to wash away any bad luck, but also to show tourists that everything is back to normal in Chiang Rai after the earthquake.
Map showing location of The White Temple in Chiang Rai Province:
GPS Coordinates: 19.824421, 99.763050