In Chiang Rai, we decided to visit the White Temple to see what damage had been done to the beautiful architecture.
On May 5 of this year, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck Mae Lao, located 17 miles southwest of Chiang Rai. Wat Rong Khun sustained significant damage, and a devastatd Kositpipat initially declared that the temple would have to be demolished. Subsequent evaluations, however, have found that the cracked pillars, damaged murals, and broken spire can be repaired. The restoration process is expected to take about two years.
The temple is open to public and although the building shows the signs of the earthquake, still a place to visit.
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