After visiting 30+ wats in Chiang Mai, none of them less than centuries old, we had developed quite an acute level of ‘wat-weariness’. For our trip to Chiang Rai, we were therefore not really looking for any freshness in wat architecture, design or aesthetics.
But as we stood in front of the white temple, Wat Rong Khun, nothing prepared us for what we saw. Being created as a masterpiece by Thailands noted artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat, the sheer exuberance of the creation spell bound us. The construction which started 12 years back undergoes changes every year in an attempt to perfect.
Interesting is the viharn or the room which houses the statue of Buddha. A close look at the still-being-painted walls reveals figures of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Superman, Batman, Lara Croft & many more comic book characters. Interesting concept of these fictional characters finding place in the most religious room of the wat.
Also don’t miss the gallery on the right side of the white temple which houses an exhibition of some of Mr. Kositpipat’s fine paintings.
Definitely a must visit during the Chiang Rai.
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