Festival of glorious light

World-class multimedia advances will be used to present the light show at Wat Rong Khun. photoS courtesy of Index Creative Village

The night sky above Wat Rong Khun, aka White Temple, in Chiang Rai will become the backdrop for a world-class multimedia show presented during the "Wat Rong Khun Light Fest: Begins" which will kick off on Friday Nov 22 and run until Dec 22.

This is the first time that the famous temple will be liven up at night with dazzling displays of multicoloured lights presented under the theme "The Illumination Of White Temple".

Innovative 3D laser-projection mapping will be employed to illuminate the world-famous Buddhist architecture and art pieces by national artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, who dedicated half his life to building this world-famous Buddhist temple.

Reputed for his unique creation of Thai visual arts and Buddhism contemporary arts, he has joined hands with professional artists from different fields, including renowned musical-theatre composer Sarawut Lertpanyanuch and dance director/choreographer Nipon Wannamahin, to paint the temple with magic using advanced multicoloured light techniques to create sensational phenomena over the sky.

Based on Buddhist beliefs, this 90-minute magnificent light performance is comprised of six shows, delivering the first phenomenal immersive experience at six different locations on the same grounds.

The audience will be perplexed by the horror of hell in "The Sins" before they cross the overpass to the exquisite heavenly land of Dhipaya Viman in "The Way To Heaven", and see the wishing well sparkle in the third part, called "Astrology".

Then they will witness the episode where Lord Buddha is being challenged by the Demon Mara in "Enlightening" before they will get to ponder the truth of life in "Circle Of Life".

The grand finale, "Wat Rong Khun Begins", will feature a spectacular multimedia light show on water curtains to recount the inspiring story of Chalermchai in pursuit of his dream to create world-renowned Buddhist art.

There are two shows daily, at 6.30 and 8.30pm. Tickets cost 400 baht (1,000 baht for VIP) and can be purchased from Thai Ticket Major (thaiticketmajor.com). Proceeds will go to Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital.

Visit watrongkhunlightfest.com or call 083-989-6831 or 083-989-6926.


The festival is the first-ever nighttime experience at the temple. Index Creative Village