Asia  | 16/06/2014

White Temple in CHIANG RAI

Wat Rong Khun, commonly known as the White Temple, is one of the most interesting places to visit in the city of Chiang Rai.  A unique masterpiece by local artist Chalermchai Kositpipat.

It is well worth spending a half day visiting this spectacular building and art gallery. It is full of twisted shapes inlaid with pieces of mirror, glistening in the lake. The temple is surrounded by a lake which holds various water features and exudes a cool environment.

Its construction, in terms of the period of construction, is comparable to the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, ​​as the Wat Rong Khun is also an unfinished work. Construction began in 1997 and will still need many years to complete.

The building has suffered some damage from a minor earthquake in May of 2014, and it is estimated that it will be 2 years until the inside is re-opened to the public. However, the outside is almost undamaged and still well worth visiting.

A visit to the exhibition hall, which is located in one of the service buildings located opposite the entrance of the temple, gives an idea of ​​the extravagance inside. Just seeing the paintings and drawings exhibited in this room is a fantastic experience. The artwork combines elements of the past with the future, celebrities in unusual situations, and very topical subjects in order to generate controversy and discussion.



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