Believe it or not, this is a real place. While it might seem straight out of your most beautiful dreams, Wat Rong Khun or the White temple is a Buddhist temple that attracts a large number of locals and tourists from all over the world.
Master-crafted by Chalermchai Kositpipat, a visual artist and designer, this unique marvel took many years to be built. In fact, it is believed that the temple was worked upon for an entire decade to give the perfect finishing touch. Bound to cast its magical spell all over you, it is adorned with a signature style from walls to ceilings to sculptures and bathrooms.
Did you know that the temple was built by the multi-millionaire designer on his own pocket? He never asked for any Government funds or public donations, as he sees the temple as a tribute to the almighty Buddha, as well as a gift for the people of his hometown.
As depicted in the picture below, the watchful protectors at its gates look after the temple and expel any impure desires before you enter. Featuring a wagon load of detailed art works inside out, it took nearly 16 years to paint the sculptures that adorn the walls and ceilings. Kositpipat regards these paintings as the ‘heart of the temple’.
Buddhist visitors convey their offerings at the sea of outstretched hands that represents the cycle of death and rebirth.The bridge depicted below leads to the temple’s main hall.
What a delightful Buddhist retreat!