Wat Rong Khun, the white temple
The White Temple of Chiang Rai, I had heard about it... I had seen pictures of it... I might as well say that visiting this place had become a priority in the order of my visits to Chiang Rai... but I must admit that my daughter was much more impatient than me to discover this very special temple.
Located 13 km from the city, you can see this work from the 4 lanes, I would even say that you can't miss it.
Actually, if this site is called Wat Rong Kun, i.e. the Temple of Rong Kun... it is not considered as a temple in the true sense of the word by the Thai people, (nor by myself for that matter).
There are no permanent monks, no prayers, so it is in the spirit of a "visit to an artistic work" that it is advisable to prepare yourself by passing through the entrance gate, even if the artist wanted to make this ensemble an offering to Buddha.
After a few minutes, you will realize for yourself that there is no true soul in this strange place.
That being said, congratulations to the artist, it is beautiful work, meticulous, meticulous, a long-term work, where every detail is also important, and I especially welcome the idea that came to this renowned Thai artist to create a white temple, a work that stands out from the ordinary, that surprises every visitor, and you will see at the end of the article that there are many visitors from all horizons...
Always admiring the creators and their imaginations, however surprising they may be... I can only take my hat off to Chalermchai Kositpipat.
It is certain that this work does not leave indifferent
Breaking with most other temples, this one is of an extraordinary whiteness, to symbolize the purity of Buddhism, and encrusted with pieces of mirror to suggest the reflection of illumination. To get there, you will have to pass between two giant fangs and a lake dotted with creatures from the underworld. It is one of the strangest constructions designed by man.
It was to be completed in 2008, but is not yet completed. The complex will include 9 buildings, which will constitute the vision of Buddhist paradise on earth as imagined by the artist. The financing of the temple is ensured by the sale of its paintings, exhibited and sold in an annex building
From that point of view, the whole thing is beautiful: "He's got a face"
A white temple, it's really not common
Just before crossing the footbridge to the temple,
these strange hands stretched out, supposedly representing hell
I can't say I'm in awe of the
these rather apocalyptic visions of the artist, rather strange and mysterious and even dark.
These outstretched hands would represent hell...
If this is hell, I'll do everything I can not to go there!
I clearly prefer this style
Some workers work continuously... and do a remarkable job of meticulous work
Each small piece of glass, one by one, is cleaned from the cement splashes
And then these suspended heads, swinging with the wind.... equally strange
Intrigued by these impressive hands....
I couldn't help but come back a second time through this place to make sure I didn't miss anything...
Vraiment étranges toutes ces décorations...
Slowly installed and consuming a good cappuccino a few steps away, perfect technique to make you forget,
I had fun taking some pictures of tourists from all walks of life posing for the memory...
Fun and friendly scenes but finally so classic in this kind of place....
Below, some examples of the works created
by Chalermchai Kositpipat