Wat Rong Khun: The white temple

Temples are supposed to be nice, I know… It’s where you go to worship gods and deities, so you don’t want it looking shabby, do you? This temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand is pretty unusual, however…
Wat Rong Khun, the White Temple

The temple is white and mirrored, making it look like something out of a winter wonderland.

Panorama of Wat Rong Khun

Construction began in 1997 and its designer, artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, once said that he expected the temple to take another 90 plus years to complete! You can’t rush perfection I guess…

Side view of Wat Rong Khun

The temple is white to symbolise the purity of Lord Buddha, and even has a pool of white fish.

White carp in the pool at Wat Rong Khun

A couple of the stranger features of the temple include a beautiful golden toilet and the “Hands from hell” which disturb me a bit. White hands appear out of the ground as if from a pit of hell, they look like they are grabbing and writhing and they hold a pot that you can throw donations into.

Hands from hell

I wouldn’t like to be the person that has to collect the donations later, I would fear a grabbing!

Photo credits: Debora Ratliff (CC BY 3.0), Ddalbiez (CC BY-SA 3.0), Ddalbiez (CC BY-SA 3.0) and Debora Ratliff (CC BY 3.0)

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Lizzie Brooks

The most beautiful place I have been (so far!) has been Norway. Coming in to land in Oslo was like coming in to land in a fairytale; pine trees that looked like velvet amongst frozen fjords, the occasional wisp of smoke coming up from a little yellow or red house within the trees. Beautiful!

I kind of expected to see a Moomin emerging (but they are from Finland, of course).

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