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Visit the Beautiful and Bizzare Wat Rong Khun in Thailand

Visit the Beautiful and Bizzare Wat Rong Khun in Thailand

Kailey Wright
Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai

In the village of Rong Khun near Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand, stands the most spectacular temple made by human hands.

Painted pure white and covered in thousands of glass pieces, Wat Rong Khun, or the White Temple, shines brilliantly in the sunlight. But while its beautiful exteriors can take your breath away, you’ll be surprised what this temple conceals behind its walls.

The temple grounds might give you a clue. Scattered among the amazing white porcelain statues are frightening sculptures of heads dangling from a tree, demonic exhibits dissuading visitors from pursuing smoking, booze, and sexual promiscuity.

Wat Rong Khun

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This surreal temple displays traditional Thai architecture with a whimsical touch of popular culture. Enter the temple and find the most unusual religious mural you’ll ever set eyes on.

Find Superman, Spiderman, Keanu Reeves as Neo, Angry Birds, and Kung Fu Panda riding Star Wars spaceships or flying around the 911 Twin Towers in a vast wall painting that depicts the fight of good versus evil from the Buddhist point of view.

On another wall, catch Ben 10, Doraemon, Elvis, and George Bush, along with Osama Bin Laden, portraying an apocalyptic image of the earthbound for destruction.

Wat Rong Khun Wall Paintings

Inside Wat Rong Khun

This bizarre yet intensely stunning temple was conceived by nationally-honored artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. Assisted by more than 80 monks, he began the project in 1996, aiming to finish it by 2006 but failed.

While the White Temple is already beautiful as it is, he still has another 100 years’ worth of painstaking work to add to his masterpiece, which he believes would grant him immortal life from Buddha.

Golden Toilet of Wat Rong Khun

But the surprises don’t end there. Within the temple complex also stands what’s known to be the most beautiful toilet in the world. It’s a distinct golden building that houses priceless toilets for public use as well as Kositpipat’s very own abode on the second floor.

White Temple, Chiang Rai

Details of Wat Rong Khun - The White Temple of Chiang Rai

Wat Rong Khun White Temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Art Work at Wat Rong Khun - The White Temple

Brahma Statue at Wat Rong Khun, Thailand

The Sculpture of Buddha at Wat Rong Khun Temple

Hands From Hell - Wat Rong Khun

Chiang Rai - Wat Rong Khun

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