Things You Can Do Here
- Be amazed at the outside and inside of the White Temple’s haunting architecture, intricate carvings and the aura it brings.
- Check the weird Black House (known as Baan Dam or Baan Si Dum in Thai), a house cum museum of Thailand’s National Artist, Dr. Thawan Duchane — a place where bones and skulls are used as home decors.
- Taste a delicious local Thai lunch during your White Temple tour.
- Optionally, walk into Thailand’s iconic Union of Hill Tribe Villages and meet long neck women of the tribe.
- Enjoy the tour with a peace of mind, knowing that your return transport back to Chiang Mai is fully planned for.
- For a temple tour closer to Chiang Mai, opt for the Doi Suthep + City temple tour instead.
- Have a question about the Black House + White Temple from Chiang Mai tour? Check the tour info below.
Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple
- The White Temple, is a modern, bizarre looking art exhibit built in the style of a Buddhist temple 13 km south of Chiang Rai Province, Thailand.
- The original temple was rebuilt into this modern building by Chalermchai Kositpipat, a famous Thai visual artist.
- Chalermchai Kositpipat designed, constructed, and funded the work as his offering to Buddha.
- Constructed in 1998, this White Temple in Chiang Rai and the other structures surrounding it is still an ongoing work. It is expected to only be completed beyond 2020.
Black Temple / House Chiang Rai
- The Black Temple / House is a museum and the home of National Artist Dr. Thawan Duchanee, 10km away from the center of Chiang Rai, Thailand.
- It is considered one of the most unique temple complex in Thailand, with dead animals, bones and skin becomes the temple’s ornaments.
- The 40 eerie temples in the Black Temple are not for everyone’s liking, for it’s dark mood may upset some visitors.
- Thawan Duchanee was once considered a controversial figure by the Thais, as his arts were criticized for disrespecting the religion. He died in 2014.
From Chiang Mai City Center