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A Modern Twist – The White Temple

 

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Outside of Chiang Rai in Northern Thailand, there is a new design on a traditional style of temple. Wat Rong Khun, otherwise known as the White Temple is a mix of modern art, fantasy and imagination. It is purely white with small bits of mosaic mirrors and it is incredible (in my opinion). It was designed by an artist from Thailand named Chalermchai Kositpipat and the construction began in 1997.

It is still a work in progress, inside an artist was busy painting a section of the temple’s inner walls. The inner colorful mural is all fantasy and symbolism. On the walls, you can find superheroes, movie stars, and cartoons (I even found a Kung Fu Panda). To enter the temple, you must cross a bridge, which has gruesome guards and many sculpted hands reach out toward you from below. Even the surrounding pond is filled with large white goldfish! There are many temples to see in Thailand, but none quite like the White Temple.

 

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