Wat Huai Pla Kung in Chiang Rai

Wat Huai Pla Kung is a Buddhist temple located in the city of Chiang Rai in northern Thailand. The temple is situated on a hill overlooking the city, and is known for its large statue of Guan Yin, the Chinese goddess of mercy.


The temple was built in 2001 by a local businessman named Chamnong Bhirombhakdi, who wanted to create a place for people to come and practice Buddhism. The temple was designed to incorporate elements of both Thai and Chinese culture, and features a mix of traditional Thai and Chinese architecture.

What to see and do

Visitors to Wat Huai Pla Kung can explore the temple grounds, which include a large statue of Guan Yin, a pagoda, a bell tower, and a meditation hall. The statue of Guan Yin is the main attraction, standing at 25 meters tall and covered in gold leaf. Visitors can climb up to the top of the statue for a panoramic view of the surrounding area.

  • Explore the temple grounds
  • Climb to the top of the Guan Yin statue
  • Visit the pagoda and bell tower
  • Meditate in the meditation hall

Getting there

Wat Huai Pla Kung is located about 13 kilometers from the city center of Chiang Rai. The easiest way to get there is by car or taxi. The approximate latitude and longitude of the temple is 19.9541° N, 99.8281° E.