South of Chiang Rai, in the north of Thailand, there is a magnificent white Buddhist temple. Wat Rong Kuhn Temple is a temple whose construction has not yet ended but is still a magnet for many tourists who visit the area.

Building the Temple

The temple in Chiang Rai was designed and designed by a Thai artist known for his Buddhist elements, called Chalmerschi Kusitipipat. The artist was not an architect all his life. He began his career in the world of design as a painter and over the years became an architect and designed this unique temple with one of its goals being to turn the building into a center for learning Buddhist religion and meditation. The artist believed wholeheartedly that by building the Temple, he would have eternal life.

The temple began to be built in 1996, meaning that it is not an ancient or historical temple, and the purpose of its construction was a tribute to Thailand’s King Rama IX. Although the temple is relatively new, it was actually built on the remains of a neglected and ruined temple. Today many tourists come to Chiang Rai, especially to visit the White Temple. The tourists leave donations for the continued construction of the Temple. They pay entrance fees, unlike the Thai visitors, and even purchase unique money on the site, since they believe they may bring good luck and blessings. Although the construction of the temple was supposed to be completed in 2008, construction continues to this day and is expected to end in 2070.

Structure of the Temple and its components

The structure of the temple combines unique architecture alongside various Buddhist elements, so that each element in the temple corresponds to the faith of Buddhism. The temple is different from other temples in Thailand, but it is the focus of tourists’ visits because of its uniqueness.

The temple is made up of nine buildings that create a unique landscape, and on its walls are miniature mirrors and pieces of glass, which touch the rays of the sun, glowing and giving a magnificent and glittering beauty temple. These pieces of glass reflect wisdom and holiness. Between the buildings, and on the road leading to the main building there is a lake and a bridge, since it is a transition to Buddhism. Incidentally, if you wondered why the entire temple is painted white, you should know that this color actually symbolizes the purity and innocence of the Buddha.

The temple, as mentioned above, is decorated with various elements that symbolize Buddhist elements, for example, hands that face upwards, a symbol of uncontrollable human desire. According to various interpretations, it is evident that the artist wanted to reflect that human desire is an uncontrollable impulse and that man must transcend himself and overcome these impulses. Beyond that, the temple is decorated with a variety of skull and head sculptures, which you can not miss.

Moreover, it is possible to see murals in the area of ​​science fiction, such as superheroes Superman and Batman as well as the characters of Hello Kitty and Harry Potter. The fictional characters also play an important role in the Buddhist spirit in order to convey that modern man has a tendency to lust, because this is one of the bad traits of humanity according to the religion of Buddhism. Even bathrooms are designed to reflect Buddhist elements. The corporeal human body is characterized by a golden toilet in comparison to the pure color of the soul and of Buddhism. Although it seems that the design of the temple has modern features drawn from Western culture, but it is worth knowing that there are also unique Buddha figures stationed in the building.

When you arrive in North Thailand and Chiang Rai in particular, you should visit the White Temple and be impressed by its beauty and the various elements that make up it, as it is a unique and spectacular site.