Sunday, August 23, 2015

Wat Rong Khun, Thailand




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Thailand’s White Temple, Wat Rong Khun


Perhaps the most unique temple in the Kingdom of Thailand, the White Temple was born from the devotion of National Artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. A deeply devout Buddhist famed primarily for his religious-themed paintings, Chalermchai began the White Temple in 1997. Wat Rong Khun however is no traditional temple. Chalermchai re-imagines Thai art for the modern world. As you move through the temple grounds, you find yourself in the artist’s surreal vision of Buddhist teachings. Superheroes, movie stars and cartoons make their entrance into temple murals depicting traditional Buddhist motifs. Fantastical sculptures and architecture cover the landscape.

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Cross the bridge into a higher realm – journeying to the main temple hall at the White Temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

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A demon guards the gates.



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An ocean of hands arise from the pit as you traverse the cycle from life to death.


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The Kinnon, a mystical creature at Wat Rong Khun

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A pristine image of the Buddha at Chiang Rai’s White Temple


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Ghostly heads hang from trees in the temple gardens


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Heavenly imagery at Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai

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A stylized sign at the gold toilet of the White Temple

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Until we meet again,
Claudia

 

 

Until we meet again,
Claudia


Until we meet again,
Claudia

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