Chalermchai Kositpipat, the Thai artist who created the strange mix of old traditional Buddhism with modern art hopes that The White Temple in Chiang Rai will eventually be on the Must See List.

Not the Must See List of Chiang Rai, but the list of Asia, alongside with the greats such as Angkor Wat, or the Grand Palace.

About The White Temple, Chiang Rai

After visiting the White Temple on our trip to Thailand, I could see how one day this could be a possibility.

Set under the bright blue sky, and decorated with mirrored mosaic pieces, this startling monument blinks dazzlingly off the sunlight and the whole area is bathed in a glow of pure white color.

While the main temple is complete, the entire temple complex is still work in progress, and isn’t expected to be finished until 2070.

The artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat, who opened the temple to the public in 1997, is said to be finishing off a section at a time, once it’s perfectly clear in his mind how he wants it to look.

Inside his head is the constant play between good and evil, which can be seen throughout the temple and its temple grounds in both the sculptures and paintings on the inside.

The bridge, named The Bridge of The Cycle of Rebirth, stands as the connection between heaven and hell, and leads to the Gate of Heaven.

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