The White Temple
Wat Rong Khun
As your driving up to Wat Rong Khun it becomes evident how it got it’s english name.
Once you get even closer you start to see that this is not your ordinary Temple. A contemporary and unconventional art exhibit in the style of a Buddist Temple. Owned by Chalermchai Kositpipat, a succesful Thai businessman who opened it to visitors in 1997.
Why white? This temple stands out through the white color and use of pieces of glass that sparkle in the sun. The white color signifies the purity of Buddha while the glass symbolizes Buddha’s wisdom.
To get to the Ubosot (Ordination Hall) you walk a bridge passing over a small pond and hundreds of hands reaching upward.
The outreaching hands symbolize unrestrained desire. The bridge proclaims that the way to happiness is by foregoing temptation, greed and desire.
You feel as if these hands are reaching up from hell and makes you think about doing right from wrong and leading a respectful life.
Inside the Ubosot or Ordination Hall the decor switches to fiery golds and reds in a very non traditional feel. Images of Freddy Kruger, Terminator, nuclear warfare and terrorist attacks signify the destructive impact that humans have had on Earth.
Within the grounds there are many points of interest, continuing the theme of good or bad within the world we live.
From the slightly bizzare items to more traditional temple points of interest it does make you think about life in a different way.
For a small price you can purchase a beaded aluminum wish maker and write your wish on it.
Definately one of the more unique Temples in Thailand and very much worth a visit when in northern Thailand.