July 16, 2016

The White Temple

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When I first laid eyes on this magnificent place called The White Temple, I didn’t believe this to actually be real. I thought the photo was of an extremely well done painting.  I definitely had to look further into this place. So I did a little studying and decided to write a post.

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This was the first photo I saw of The White Temple. So you can see how I thought this was a painting.

The White Temple

This enchanting place, is what tourists call The White Temple. Better known to the locals as Wat Rong Khun, it is located in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Opened to the public in 1997, Chalermchai Kositpipat constructed and designed this beautiful Buddhist temple. Chalermchai has literally spent THB40 million $ so far in completing this masterpiece. Although still not complete, it is estimated that The Temple will be finished somewhere in 2070. When completed there will be a total of 9 buildings.

In 2014 The Temple was struck by an earthquake and was to be closed indefinitely. While further investigation of the structures, The Temple was considered to be unharmed. Chalermchai vowed to restore his beloved art exhibition and believes that it will give him immortal life. The Admission to The White Temple is absolutely free. Chalermchai does accept donations, but they are not to exceed THB10,000$.

The artwork in this place is extraordinary and a little unsettling. The creepy creatures and the disfigured statues seemingly to be demon like. There is even a sculpture of Pinhead, Hellboy, Freddy Kruger, and several other familiar faces hanging from a tree by the entrance. You can also find a sculpture of the alien Predator, in a small green by the entrance. Although this is to be symbolic of the gates to heaven, it comes off quite dark. I myself do see a depiction of the balance between good versus evil. And that you are to be judged before passing on through the gates to heaven.  What do you see?

  The White Temple

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The White Temple

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The White Temple

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The White Temple

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The White Temple

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The White Temple

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The White Temple

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The white temple

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The white temple

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The white temple

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The White Temple

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The White Temple

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