Nan province in North Thailand is famous for its beautiful Tai Lue style temples. And Wat Rong Ngae in Pua district is one of that beautiful temples. The Wat Rong Ngae seems to be just a small village temple in the village Ban Rong Ngae along route 1256. But the Wat Rong Ngae is different as it is said to be one of the oldest Tai Lue style temples of Nan province. The temple is said to be build around 1762, but that should be seen as that in 1762 the temple was founded. Later a first open wooden temple was constructed. In 1927 the temple was royally granted land and due to flooding this temple was in the following years many times rebuild (as most temples).
The temple has been totally renovated (= basically build new) but in original & traditional Tai Lue style with a low wooden roof. And if you are inside have a look up to the lights. No ugly TL here but beautiful and colourful lights are hanging on the ceiling. In 2018 a new building (the Viharn) has been build next to the main building (the Bot or Ubosot). Again this Viharn is also build in traditional style with wood and mural paintings on the walls inside.
The temple is located behind a small street along route 1256 in the village Ban Rong Ngae. Opposite the small street is along route 1256 also an open space with an example of a traditional Tai Lue house and a small museum. But explanations in Thai only. For more information about Nan province have a look at Destination Travel Guide Nan. If you like to experience the slow life & culture of Pua in Nan province, then come and stay a few days at Non Na Pua Homestay. Following are some photos I took, click on the photo to enlarge.