White Temple, located in the province of Chiang Rai, is among the most spectacular and intriguing temples I have ever seen in Thailand. The architectural form of it is unique and ethereal. It’s such a magical sight to look at!
After taking a short break at the Chiang Rai Hot Spring, we headed off to White Temple, also known as “Wat Rong Khun.” It is definitely among the most spectacular and intriguing temples I have ever seen in Thailand!
The architectural form of White Temple is unique, ethereal, and something you don’t often see in the vast majority of temples in this country. All the silver and mirrors are illuminating in the sun like diamonds. From afar, it also looks like it’s covered in snow. It’s such a magical sight to look at!
To reach the temple, one has to cross a white bridge over a sculpture garden of grasping hands and skulls surrounded by a big pond with beautiful white koi fish. According to our tour guide, this path symbolizes the way to enlightenment (nirvana), which can only be achieved when a Buddhist finally discovers the truth about life.
Inside the temple are a Buddha statue, and colorful and intriguing murals. As strange as it may sound, the paintings on the wall feature drawings of Neo from the Matrix, atomic bomb explosions, collapse of Twin Towers, Star Wars characters, and even Superman. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take photos of these mural paintings because photography is strictly prohibited inside the temple.
Before leaving the temple complex, don’t forget to check out the museum-gallery exhibiting the paintings of Chaloemchai Khositphiphat, the famous Thai visual artist who designed the temple.
White Temple opens daily at 8:00am to 6:00pm. There’s no entrance fee but donations are welcome.