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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

An Awesome Temple! Wat Rong Kun a.k.a the white temple

Thailand is one of the favourite/ popular tourist destinations. For many of us, first thing that comes across our mind should be 'temple'. If you happen to check out the Thailand map, you will be able to see lots of big and small temples scattered around the place. According to my tour guide in Chiang Rai, temples used to be a learning centre/ school and hospital in the past. That explains why there's a numerous number of temples around. 

When I was in Chiang Rai (northern Thailand) about 2 months ago, I visited an awesome and extraordinary temple. A Buddhist and Hindu temple that is very different from the rest of the temples. It is an outstanding post-modern temple designed by a Thai artist - Chalermchai Kositpipat

I snapped a picture with the super talented artist

Me and my family in front of the amazing temple
The design is seriously awesome! I guarantee that you will be amazed by the GREAT designed temple which is white in colour! 

Before we could enter the temple (assembly hall), we passed by the hell. Once we passed through the hell, we got onto a bridge that brought us to the heaven. I believe that the bad guys will join the hell community while the good guys will get a green light to enter the fantastic heaven. =)

People in hell were struggling to get out of that world
Good guys will get the opportunity to enter the heaven through the beautifully constructed bridge
Under the sun, we noticed that the temple were actually shining! When we walked closer, we saw lots of small mini mirrors/ white glass that were stuck on the building. This is an innovative way to make the building looks special!!

When we entered the assembly hall, we saw an undone wall mural (paintings). Sadly, no camera was allowed at the area. However, I still remember there were spiderman, doraemon, batman,
Keanu Reeves character in the Matrix and even Osama bin Ladin! There's a story behind the painting. The artist was trying to illustrate that we have heroes in our world and war is going on... bla bla bla...

If you join a tour, you will get to listen to the full story. However, the down side is, tours are usually rush and you wont be able to walk through the whole temple. Therefore, me and my family only got to spend a very limited time to enjoy the beautiful scene of Wat Rong Kun.

Beautiful side view of the white temple
Another building next to the white temple - gold temple
Well, this temple began its constructions in 1997 (14 years ago). However, the constructions work is still on-going. So, probably I will see something different/ more buildings 10 years down the road.

I personally think that this is a must visit if you happen to go to Northern Thailand. =)