"The White Temple" Wat Rong Khun Chiang Rai Thailand Asia. Wat Rong Khun is also known as the White Temple. Whereas most temples visited by tourists have a history going back many centuries, this magnificent place of worship was built only recently. It is the realization of a dream for Thailands noted artist, Mr Chalermchai Kositpipat, who designed and supervised the construction of this beautiful white temple and its many statues of figures based on religious beliefs. The construction started in 1998 and completed in 2012. In addition, there is a gallery nearby exhibiting his paintings. - ReeRay