Wat Rong Khun the unique Buddhist temple art

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Wat Rong Khun, often known as “the White Temple” is likely one of the most gorgeous temples in Thailand.

Wat Rong Khun is a sight in Chiang Rai, and must place for both foreign tourists and local people. Wat Rong Khun ( White Temple) is located about 13 km south of Chiang Rai is the bizarre and popular. Whereas most temples have centuries of historical past, this one’s building started in 1997 by famous Thai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat.

The man behind the Temple is famous Thai artist Ajarn Chalermchai Kositpipat who need to make a modern Temple honoring Buddhism through his contemporary style.  He bought a 3 acre lot, which already had a much older Temple on it, and quickly transformed it into a 9 acre complex.  When fully completed he will have a total of 9 buildings, but it is still supposed to take over 100 years to finish.   The artist currently has crew of workers and a direct understudy, but wants to have two consecutive classes of students working on the complex as he believes it may take up to 90 years after his death to finish.  When the Rong Khun Temple is finally complete it will show one man’s dedication to his religion and his country.

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The artist Ajarn Chalermchai Kositpipat

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What to See at Wat Rong Khun

Every detail of Rong Khun temple carries meaning and encourages the visitor to reflect on the Buddhist teachings that show the way to escape from the worldly temptations, desires and greed and focus on the mind instead.

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wat rong khun, rong khun temple, white temple
wat rong khun, rong khun temple, white temple
wat rong khun, rong khun temple, white temple
wat rong khun, rong khun temple, white temple
wat rong khun, rong khun temple, white temple

Grounds of Wat Rong Khun

The temple and its grounds are surprisingly contemporary, focusing on fictional elements of our materialistic world. From parking cones capped with skulls, to creatures from the movie Predator climbing out of the ground, you’ll be busy snapping photos left and right.  Between photos make sure to take in the great message and symbolism of the White Temple.  Playful signage warns you about the temptations of smoking or drinking while hanging shrunken heads show you people that have given in too often.

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wat rong khun, rong khun temple, white temple
wat rong khun, rong khun temple, white temple
wat rong khun, rong khun temple, white temple