Wat Rong Khun

March 2010 • The only good things about Chiang Rai were running into Mario and Annett in the street and later finding my way to Wat Rong Khun, located 15 km south of town. The wildly ornate temple was astonishing, even for someone who was starting to feel templed out. WRK is being designed and built by Chalermchai Kositpipat, who's so far spent 12 years and millions of his own bahts to create a Buddhist temple like no other—one that channels H.R. Giger as well as R. Crumb. The temple complex is scheduled to be completed in 2050.