When I first explored things to do in Chiang Rai, I had included the "White Temple" purely for its crazy, absurd & outrageous gaudiness. But after researching the Architect & Artist, the fact that he built this for Budha out of his own pocket & has trained a further 90 artists, was once a Monk and has degrees from reputable Universities I viewed it differently. He has built a monument in his home province and now thousands come to see it every day from all over the world. It's expanding too.
He reached enlightenment aged 40 and his depictions of the afterlife in his gallery are beautiful.
It reminded me of "build it and they will come". Well they certainly did!!
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