Incredible White Temple in Thailand
Thailand is an amazing place, where spirituality is still practiced by a large percentage of the population. This has resulted in an abundance of spiritual places that are unique to the country. One such place is called Wat Rong Khun (White temple) in Northern Thailand. Unlike the other temples in Thailand, Wat Rong Khun is new.
In fact, the temple is not 100% complete and is estimated to be completed in the year 2070. However, the parts of the building which are completed are open to the public. The details of the buildings are stunning. Every detail of the temple has a significant meaning to it, and was well thought out by the creator to match his vision of building a ‘house for the Buddha’. What a total work of love, devotion and supreme faith in Lord Buddha. Inspiring to say the least.
The most beautiful thing about this temple is the motivation of its creator, a famous Thai artist, Charlermchai Kositpipat. His dedication to Lord Buddha, the Dharma, and his King (to whom he dedicates the temple) led him to spend the rest of his life constructing this temple and creating Buddhist art. His hope is that one day, Wat Rong Khun will be an international center for Buddhist studies and meditation retreats. Let’s help him accomplish this….beautiful motivation.
I am very happy to hear this. What a wonderful motivation. And what a wonderful country Thailand is. I have lived there before and I really liked it. It is one of the places that I would be happy live at long term…. Do go and visit this incredible place…very beautiful and unique..Visit Thailand full stop..such a unique place.
Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai
Wat Rong Khun is located about 5 kilometers (approximately 15 minutes drive) to the south of Chiang Rai, in the Northernmost province of Thailand. The Rong Khun temple, or simply known as The White Temple, is designed by Thailand’s famous artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat.
After 20 years of learning the Doctrine of Lord Buddha, Chalermchai decided to dedicate his life to create a temple that would one day be a heritage to the world. He began work on Rong Khun temple in 1997 with the money he accumulated over 20 years from selling his paintings.
The temple is built in white to represent Buddha’s purity while the white glass symbolizes Buddha’s wisdom that shines brightly all over the earth and the universe.
The entrance to the temple is through a bridge, with two large pits covered with sculptures of hands of people on either side, symbolizing the hell realm.
Further up from the bridge, a huge pond housing white fishes and small fountains of water signifies the Si Tandon, the river that partitions heaven and the world below.
Beautiful white colored fishes swimming in the pond. Nice.
Walking from the entrance up to the end of the bridge is very unique, as one would have experienced the complete journey from hell to heaven. After crossing the bridge, you’ll reach the ubosot (assembly hall). Just like the outside of the temple, the front hall is covered in white and the walls are covered with stories about the travels of Lord Buddha and incidents in his life.
On the roof, there are four kinds of animals; the elephant represent the earth; the naga stands for water; the swan’s wings for wind; and the lion’s mane for fire.
Upon entering the temple, the surrounding color changes from pure white to flaming gold. The altar at the center is filled with sculptures of Buddhas in various poses of meditation.
The mural inside the temple represents a mixture of traditional Buddhist art and contemporary scenes. Images of Spiderman, Superman and many other famous characters can be seen. Very unique!
To the left of the temple is a Golden Toilet which gives out a secret message to people that beauty is in the mind and can be conceived for all objects.
Here are some other pictures of the temple. Notice the exquisite workmanship of the building – one can tell that the artist took a lot of time, effort and dedication to produce such magnificent sculptures.
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