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Wat Rong Khun, or better known among foreign tourists as “the White Temple” of Chiang Rai will begin to collect admission fees from foreign visitors, beginning October 1.
Admission fee is only 50 baht.
Chalermchai Kositpipat, a Chiang Rai-born artist who built this unique Buddhism temple with his own fund, said throughout the past 19 years when the temple was first built, no admission fee was ever collected from both local and foreign visitors.
But now after the temple has a committee to manage the temple, all committee members agreed that admission fee should be collected so that the money will be used to improve all facilities at the temple to welcome a large number of visitors to the temple a year.
He said initially after he built the temple, he intended to make the temple the first tourist attraction where no admission be collected.
But after there is a temple committee, all agreed that admission should be collected and has a fund to run the temple once he no longer lives to take care of the temple, he said.
However he said local visitors won’t be affected and still can enjoy the free admission.