The White Temple of Chiang Rai
Wat Rong Khun, perhaps better known to foreigners as the White Temple, is a contemporary, unconventional, privately owned, art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand. It is owned by Chalermchai Kositpipat, who designed, constructed, and funded the project with his own money in 1997 .
On 5 May 2014 at the temple was damaged by the earthquake. Chalermchai announced that he would restore the temple to its original beauty in two years and promised to devote his life to the work.
Wat Rong Khun 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.
Inside the Wat Rong Khun Temple the walls are painted with larger than life in a contemporary style, colorful characters related to Buddhism. The artist uses icons from modern culture through space ships, Superman, and even Neo from the Matrix. Taking photos inside is not allowed.