You probably think "That is a hell of a ugly clock tower" but well that seems a matter of taste. Although taste can be learned by education. But the style represents a moment in time of building in Thailand and you can also see the time on it. And the clock seems to be working! Of course when you are talking about the clock tower of Chiang Rai everybody will think about the Golden Clock Tower made by the famous local artist Chaloemchai Kositpipat, who designed & builded also the White Temple. Personally I think the Golden Clock Tower is a bit kitch to say it polite.
The other (original) clock tower however is standing near the morning market and was once an initiative of the local Rotary branch of Chiang Rai. It was probably the first and certainly the only one in Chiang Rai at that moment in
Update : Thanks to Garnet for providing and old photo of the clock tower of Chiang Rai, although you not clearly see the clock tower itself. Photo is made in 1972.
Any other updates about the history of the original Clock Tower are welcome!