“The White Temple” of Chiang Rai, or what locals call Wat Rong Khun, won’t be free for everyone anymore starting on Saturday. Instead, as of October 1, foreigners will be asked to pay a fee of THB50 to enter.
This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise considering that everywhere in Thailand has collected a foreigner’s fee since what feels like forever.
The White Temple was built by Chiang Rai-born artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. It was built with his own funds, and for the past 19 years, there has never been an admission fee.
The new entry fee will be used to improve the facilities at the temple since so many people visit it each year.
As always, Thai visitors will continue enjoying free admission benefits just for being born the same nationality as the artist behind the temple.
On the bright side, visitors will now receive a handbook about the temple and a bag in returnfor their THB50, reported Thai PBS.