White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), located at Ban Rong Khun, Tambon Pa O Don Chai, along Phahonyothin roadside at Km. 816, approximately 13 km from the city. This unique modern temple was designed and built by artist Chaloemchai Khositphiphat starting in 1998. A beautiful white ordination hall – Phra Ubosot – is decorated with silver glittering pieces of mirrors. There are large mural paintings of the Lord Buddha in different gestures. A gable is decorated with a gable apex, a leaf-shaped gable-edging – in the shapes of Phya Naga, dragon and mythical creatures, which are entirely made of white stucco. There are viharn, small hall for recitation surrounding the ordination hall, museum and reception pavilion. The gallery exhibits paintings of Chaloemchai Khositphiphat. Posters, drawing albums and T-shirts can be purchased. The earnings will contribute to the fund for building the temple. It opens daily at 8.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. Call Tel: 0 5367 3579 Fax: 0 5367 3539.
I can tell you that if you go to Chiang Mai, make the trip up towards Chiang Rai to view this White Temple. It is worth it. It is an amazing architecture with carvings that are so detailed and fine that you wonder just how do these people do it? And its also white, clean white. Where did all the dirt go?
I can’t even keep my white shirt clean for a day.
I went there during the weekend so it was really packed with tourists and devotees. So, I didn’t have a lot of time to stand there and take picture. These are the usable ones out of the 4-5 shots I took. Being on film means I couldn’t review it as I took it. Luckily they managed to turn out alright. Else I’ll have to just tell you that its amazing from my memory.
At least now I can show you. Have a good weekend everyone!