Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai

September 27, 2013

Pentax K1000, Kodak Portra 400 Film
Chiang Rai, Thailand, Aug 2013

Wat Rong Khun (also known as The White Temple) in Chiang Rai is one of the most interesting temples I've visited. It is a contemporary temple, designed in 1997 by painter/architect Chalermchai Kositpipat. The main building is highly ornate and painted white to represent the purity of Buddha, and the grounds are filled with interesting objects representing good and evil (including a sea of hands reaching up from the ground in desire). The most unusual aspect of the temple is the mural inside, which uses contemporary pop culture icons to illustrate Buddha's teachings. This site offers some photos of the inside of the temple. Wat Rong Khun is unique in that it was created out of a visual artist's vision. The temple is still under construction.

Definitely a worthy attraction if you are in Chiang Rai.

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  1. Such a unique looking temple. Love the colour and shapes on it. As always, awesome photos Mallory =)

    - Lily

  2. Thanks, Lily! The temples in Thailand were so beautiful and interesting, especially this one!

  3. I have a few days in Thailand during Christmas, will have to check it out if I can! The sky looks stunning in these photos to. Looks like a real beautiful day :)

    - Lily

  4. It was a gorgeous day! The temple seemed to be "breathing" clouds!


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