Wat Rong Khun reported to be badly damaged by quake


CHIANG RAI, 6 May 2014  — Wat Rong Khun, one of the most beautiful modern temples in Thailand, has reportedly been badly damaged by the recent quake in Chiang Rai province.

Temple designer and national artist Chalermchai Kositpipat revealed that the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the province had dealt substantial damage to Wat Rong Khun, one of the province’s well-known temples.

The temple was only 23 kilometers away from the quake’s epicenter and many areas of the temple received damage, including the temple grounds, the grand hall, and the art gallery.

Mr. Chalermchai stated that the temple took 20 years to complete and would take at least another 2 years to repair all the damages afflicted by the recent quake. However, he assured that after the renovation, the temple would be restored to its former glory.