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Travel: Wat Rong Kung – Thailand – The White Temple

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I think possibly one of the biggest surprises was the White Temple when we were on our way to Laos. We had landed in Chiang Mai and to get to the border we drove from there to the border crossing where we were going into the slow boat over the Mekong. Along the way we stopped at the ‘White Temple’ and wow…. I have never seen anything like it! If you are in the Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai region, it is totally worth checking out this weird and wonderful temple.

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The temple is designed in 1997, so really quite recent (which is obvious when you walk around) by the artist Chalermchai Kositpipat (whose picture is below..) who is well.. I would call it slightly unconventional. Inside the temple are beautiful painting and if you look closely you will see all sorts of superhero and other movie characters. You didn’t think you would see batman flying around a buddhist temple now did you? No photos were allowed inside, so I can’t show you that..

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Chalermchai Kositpipat himself

 

The man obviously has a fascination for the weird and a fascination for movies. You’ll see a hellraiser head hanging from a tree (and some other characters too) and every step of the way is something to be seen. Little details like the one painted red fingernail on an otherwise grey scene

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It’s very very kitsch, but maybe that is also what makes it so special and so different. The man is building a tomb for himself with an oven inside so he can get burned. And he’s really not that old (as far as I can judge from seeing him) but the temple is not yet finished. We had only an hour at the White Temple or Wat Rong Kung, but I would have loved to stay longer. Other than the annoying guard on duty who was telling us to move along and ‘do not stand still’ in some kind of loudspeaker…

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In any case I found this a real highlight and worth a detour if you’re closeby!

Wat Rong Kung – The White Temple

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5 Responses to “Travel: Wat Rong Kung – Thailand – The White Temple”

  1. Claire Elliott posted May 7, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Absolutely stunning! The detail is incredible. Thank you for posting as I didn’t know it existed despite living in Thailand for 3 years.

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    • Simone van den Berg replied on May 7th, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      I probably would never have known had we not passed it on the way to the border. It’s weird but just a fun place to visit!

  2. bri @ deliciously active posted May 7, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Wait, that’s real?! It’s so beautiful from afar, but closer it’s kind of creepy. It gave me chills to see the hands and then the next photo with the face with mouth agape. CREEPY – but now I must see it in person.

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    • Simone van den Berg replied on May 7th, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      Yes it’s the weirdest temple I have ever seen for sure. It’s a pity no photos where allowed inside the temple itself as I would have loooooved to show some of the superheroes painted there. Just too funny and totally awesome.

  3. John@Kitchen Riffs posted May 8, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Wow! That’s a really white temple! Very weird, but oddly fascinating. I’ve never heard of this — thanks for the education!

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