The original Wat Rong Khun or the White Temple by the end of the 20th century, was in a bad state of repair. Funds were not available for renovation. Chalermchai Kositpipat, a local artist from Chiang Rai, decided to completely rebuild the temple and fund the project with his own money.
The main building at the white temple, the ubosot, is an all white building with fragments of mirrored glass embedded in building’s exterior. The ubosot is reached by crossing a bridge over a small lake. In front of the bridge are hundreds of outreaching hands that symbolize unrestrained desire.
After crossing the bridge, the visitor arrives at the “gate of heaven”, guarded by two creatures representing Death and Rahu, who decides the fate of the dead. In front of the ubosot there are several meditative Buddha images.