Wat Rong Khun

Wat Rong Khun

Wat Rong Khun (Thai: วัดร่องขุ่น), perhaps better known to foreigners as the White Temple, is a privately owned art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand. It is owned by Chalermchai Kositpipat, who designed, constructed, and opened it to visitors in 1997.

Wat Rong Khun (Thai: วัดร่องขุ่น), perhaps better known to foreigners as the White Temple, is a privately owned art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand. It is owned by Chalermchai Kositpipat, who designed, constructed, and opened it to visitors in 1997.

History

By the end of the 20th century, the original Wat Rong Khun was in a bad state of repair.[citation needed] Funds were not available for renovation. Chalermchai Kositpipat, a local artist from Chiang Rai, decided to completely rebuild the temple and fund the project with his own money.[1] To date, Chalermchai has spent THB1,080 million on the project.[2] The artist intends for the area adjacent to the temple to be a center of learning and meditation and for people to gain benefit from the Buddhist teachings. Kositpipat considers the temple to be an offering to Buddha and believes the project will give him immortal life.[3] Today the works are ongoing, but are not expected to be completed until 2070.[3]

^ "Wat Rong Khun; "The White Temple" of Chiang Rai". Renown Travel. Retrieved 2014-12-17. ^ "Wat Rong Khun". Amazing Thailand. Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Retrieved 2014-12-17. ^ a b "Thai Buddhist Temple, Wat Rong Khun, Built With Images Of Superman, Neo From The Matrix". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2014-12-17.
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