The Top and Most Unique Temples to visit in Chiang Rai
You can see here that a significant aspect of Chiang Rai is seeing the various temples the city has to offer.
Wat Huay Pla Kung is no exception!
Wat Huay Pla Kung is just like the white or blue temples in that it was constructed relatively recently. The shrine is not a large statue of Guan Yin, the Chinese goddess of compassion, but rather of the Buddha, who is her spiritual teacher. “The Big Buddha” is frequently referred to as the statue.
It’s spectacular to behold since it was built on a hill and appears quite impressive. Start at the foot of the temple, where you will find a short dragon staircase, and then use an elevator to travel to the statue’s head (40 Bahts).
There are also 2 more landmarks in the Wat Huay Pla Kung site: a stunning white temple and a huge pagoda with nine levels.
While it may not be well known among tourists, it’s one of Chiang Rai’s must-see sights.
More info about Wat Huay Pla Kung?
Wat Huay Pla Kung is 15-minute drive from the heart of Chiang Rai and a 15-minute walk from the night market.
Admission and parking are free. For 40 baht, you may travel to the top of the monument.
Something special: Climbing to the summit to appreciate the vista is quite unmissable and striking.
Wat Huay Pla Kang – A new and now most popular temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand
White Temple Chiang Rai
White Temple Chiang Rai – Chiang Rai temples are well-known for its beauty and unique design.
The White Temple in Chiang Rai is probably the most well-known temple, a piece of art that is unique in Thailand.
A visit to the terrifying Black Temple and the lovely Blue Temple, on the other hand, is an unforgettable experience.
Furthermore, there are several additional holy sites and temple complexes inside the old town and surrounding region that are both intriguing and worth a visit.
The Blue Temple / Wat Rong Suea Ten – Chiang Rai
Blue Temple Chiang Rai – Chiang Rai’s Blue Temple (Wat Rong Suea Ten Chiang Rai) is probably one of the country’s most visited temples.
This temple complex features a white and blue building with a large area covered by colorful mosaics.
The architectural design is quite unique. It also houses an array of Buddha statues, many of which are hollow inside and contain small stupas filled with ashes or other holy objects; they are all beautifully decorated.
Of note, this place has been constructed on three levels: an upper level for monks to meditate in isolation from the laypeople and tourists below; another lower level where Buddhist ceremonies are held on special days; and finally, a ground-level where visitors come and go, admire the artwork, take photos and shop for souvenirs.
Not to be missed
Baan Dam Museum (Black House) – Chiang Rai
Baan Dam Chiang Rai – Chiang Rai’s Ban Daam Museum is located in Chiang Rai on the Chiang Khong road.
It is unique as it is actually a private property that comprises a house, a garden, three different shrines or pavilions dedicated to Buddha, Confucius, and Lao Chai.
The Chiang Rai Black House was built by a Chiang Rai man in the early 1900s, and it remained as one of Chiang Mai’s well-kept old city secrets until recently.
The monk who now resides there is famous for his many gongs sews, which he makes using an old hand chisel and black thread.
PS. When you are visiting Chiang Rai province do not miss to visit this “secret place” for tourists:
Doi Tung Royal Villa Chiang Rai
Or just Doi Tung Chiang Rai – Doi Tung Royal Villa Chiang Rai is a two hours drive out of Chiang Rai Town and is situated at the top of a high mountain in Chiangrai. You will have a breath-taking view of Chiang Mai- Chiang Rai from this Royal Villa Chiang Rai .
The villa was built by King Rama V as a summer palace for him to relax and it has an area of nearly 10,000 square meters (10 hectares). It was designed by King Rama V himself.
The architecture style is Western Asian with white walls and green domes.
On the wall, there are exquisite paintings made by King Chulalongkorn’s sister Princess Galyani Vadhana.
In addition to this Chiang Rai villa, there is also another Doi Tung royal rive from Chiang Mai up to Chiang Rai.