Emulating the aura of pure white, the Wat Rong Khun stands as Thailand’s most extraordinary Buddhist temple. Displaying intricate unique architecture combined with a mosaic of contemporary art inspired by the teachings of Lord Buddha, this shrine will definitely make one of the most intriguing places of worship you will ever see in the world.
Designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat, a renowned architect and artist in the city, the temple has been a crowd puller from the moment it came to life. Its complete white colour ornamented by mirrors and glass give it an illuminating aura that was intended to mirror the purity of Lord Buddha. The temple is adorned with a series of Buddhist depictions that illustrate the Buddhist teachings in this world and the afterlife concept in this philosophy. Included are perfect depictions of good and bad karma as taught in Buddhism. The sculptures are unmatched in skill and sophistication. Emanating a powerful aura, every piece of work within the temple walls is sure to captivate you in one way or another. There are statues throughout the compound and ponds with a number of white fish within them. One of the most fascinating aspects of the temple is its merging with contemporary art. Using characters from the modern day like Neo from Matrix, Superman and spaceships, the artist aims to illustrate the Buddhist teachings in this unique and fascinating way. The main hall of the temple sharply contrasts with the outer décor. Gold in colour it houses a number of awe inspiring Buddha statues that will draw a subtle sense of serenity in visitors. From mirrored glass mosaics embedded in the white plaster and other features, Chalermchai’s intentions for the spread of Buddhism and its teachings are displayed so artistically in this beautiful white temple. Each part of his work has its own deep rooted meaning, so much so that he even has created a golden toilet that encourages people to alter their perspectives in admiring beauty discarding inbuilt and traditional perspectives.
The white temple is still a work in progress. There are plans to add a pagoda, museum, hermitage and many other religious buildings within the temple compound.