I would like to share a little bit of my experience at the White Temple in Thailand with you.
The real name of the temple is, Wat Rong Khun, better known as “the White Temple” is one of the most recognizable temples in Thailand. The temple outside the town of Chiang Rai attracts a large number of visitors, both Thai and foreign, making it one of Chiang Rai’s most visited attractions.
The temple is just amazing, if you are going to Thailand you can’t miss it, the Wat Rong Khun is a unique temple that stands out through the white color and the use of pieces of glass in the plaster, sparkling in the sun. The white color signifies the purity of the Buddha, while the glass symbolizes the Buddha’s wisdom and the Dhamma, the Buddhist teachings.
I asked myself ” How they keep it so white” then I found out that they wash the temple every six months, that’s why it looks so white and bright.
The Wat Rong Khun was designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat, a famous Thai visual artist from Chiang Rai, to date the temple is not finished. Eventually there will be nine buildings including an ubosot, a hall to enshrine Buddhist relics, a meditation hall, the monks living quarters and an art gallery, they also have an amazing garden around the temple, decorated with pieces of art all over the place.
History of the Wat Rong Khun
Towards the end of the 20th century, the original Wat Rong Khun was in a very poor state of preservation. Restoration works on the temple started, but had to be halted due to a lack of funds.
Chalermchai Kositpipat, a artist born in Chiang Rai, decided to completely rebuild the temple and fund the project with his own money. The artist built the temple to be a center of learning and meditation and for people to gain benefit from the Buddhist teachings. Today the works are ongoing.
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