The original Wat Rong Khun or the White Temple by the end of the 20th century, was in a bad state of repair. Funds were not available for renovation. Chalermchai Kositpipat, a local artist from Chiang Rai, decided to completely rebuild the temple and fund the project with his own money.
The main building at the white temple, the ubosot, is an all white building with fragments of mirrored glass embedded in building’s exterior. The ubosot is reached by crossing a bridge over a small lake. In front of the bridge are hundreds of outreaching hands that symbolize unrestrained desire.
After crossing the bridge, the visitor arrives at the “gate of heaven”, guarded by two creatures representing Death and Rahu, who decides the fate of the dead. In front of the ubosot there are several meditative Buddha images.
14 thoughts on “The White Temple in Thailand”
what a gorgeous read. this is so wonderful.
wow beautiful! stunning photos!
Beautiful! In some way it looks like a sand castle.
Whoa what that looks magnificent! I’ve never even heard of this place!
Amazing! How such a place is to be created from the human mind and skill, is mind boggling.
I find it incredibly beautiful. Keep on blogging in a free world – The False Prophet
Incredible – the photos, the artist and of course the original architects/builders.
wow, thrilling and stunning photos! Respect!!!
These photos of an extraordinary place are fantastic! Thanks for sharing!!
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What an undertaking ! An extraordinary creation all round ….