The Thai temple style art exhibit which is privately owned was opened in 1997 , in the Chiang Rai province of Thailand. It is fondly known as the “White Temple” by many foreigners. Constructed by a local artist and dedicated to lord Bhuddha the temple is a free admittance temple , which accepts donations.
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The white temple was built to replicate the original Wat Khun which has to go through vast restoration. The works are still on going and expected to be complete only in 2070. The premises also has areas where people could meditate and learn about Buddhism.
The proposed building would have nine buildings which would include meditation halls, art gallery , a section for relics, monk quarters and the existing Ubosot.
The structures in the temple are built to symbolize something of importance. “The bridge of the cycle of rebirth” depicts how one has to let go of all worldly goods in order to reach endless happiness. The hands around the bridge symbolize the materialistic desires and the bridge shows the path to happiness. Another such structure is the “Gate of Heaven” where one arrives ater crossing the bridge and is met by Rahu and Death represented by two creatures that stand at the entrance to the Ubosot. They decide the afte of the dead. The ubosot is the main building made of fragmented glasses which depicts that the people are wicked with various messages embodied within it. The final symbolic structure is the golden building which passes the message that one should focus on the mind than materialistic things.
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