The picture looks straight out from a fairy tale book !! But don’t be mistaken, its for real.
WAT RONG KHUN better known among the foreign tourists as the WHITE TEMPLE, in Chiang Rai, Thailand is visually stunning and resembles a princess castle from a distance. One of the most impressive temples in Thailand, the Wat Rong Khun, is better known to the foreign tourists as the White Temple.
Unlike any other Buddhist Temple in the world , the masterpiece is a privately owned art exhibit which lies on the biggest temple complex. The unique temple with its white-washed surfaces and intricate mirror works is a contemporary, unconventional Buddhist Temple.
The outstanding temple was built by Chalermchal Kositpipat one of Thailand’s most renowned artist in the year 1997, for meditation and learning of Buddhist teachings. Painted in white, the temple signifies the purity and wisdom of Lord Buddha.
The passage to the temple is flanked by two ever-imposing colossal giants.
The bridge leading to the main hall is surrounded by a huge pond with white fishes, which compliment the serene surroundings, the beautiful fountains which enhance the beauty of the picturesque landscape is complimented by sculptures of meditating Buddha sitting on a lotus.
The main hall is an epitome of divinity with a huge contrast in color with several Buddha altars inside the golden flame. The colorful painted walls of the hall portray the teachings of Buddhism.
The artist of the exquisite White Temple has used murals from the modern culture depicting the Twin Tower hit with Spiderman and an Angry Bird as onlookers.
The Golden Toilet built on the left side of the compound also attracts audience for its un-mistaken and unusual beauty which tempts you to give your own interpretation of the structure.
The work at the Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) is still in progress and will continue in the years to come. The picture-perfect temple is planned to be comprised with nine buildings which includes the chapel, pagoda, monastery hall, preaching hall, museum, crematorium, pavilion, hermitage and a rest room which will be built on 3 acres of land.
The White Temple is an unforgettable blissful experience of a lifetime.
* The White Temple is open on all days.
* Timing is 6.30 am to 6.00 pm.
* Gallery is open from 8.00 am to 5.30 pm / Sat – Sun : 8.00 am to 6.00 pm.
* It is Wheelchair accessible