The White Temple in Chiang Rai

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IMG_0776There are many boxes to check on your bucket list for South East Asia.
And you need to include the White Temple on this very long list. The White Temple also known as Wat Rong Khun opened its doors in 1997. The White Temple is a modern and eccentric temple in comparison to more traditional temples found in Chiang Rai, Thailand. You should also take time to visit the 14th century temple, Wat Phra Singh, and the historic Wat Phra Kaew.
IMG_0570The White Temple beats to its own eccentric drum. You will be met by hundreds of outstretched hands interspersed with horrified, decapitated heads. You will cross a bridge over a reflecting pond.
The White Temple as the name implies is pristine ivory structure that occasionally sparkles in the sun. This temple is atypical compared to other multi-colored Thai temples. The White Temple is consistently monochromatic in its glorious whiteness. Upon reaching the main structure you will be surprised and slightly confused when scanning the murals within the temple. Minions and Hello Kitty share space with Superman and Michael Jackson. Also included are images of terrorist attacks and nuclear armageddon. The mural is sharing the destructive nature of man. Outside of the main temple you will be greeted by severed and floating heads of Batman and Freddy Krueger. And don’t be alarmed to run into the Predator. Your visit to the White Temple will not disappoint and you will be able to check off one more item on your bucket list. IMG_0517
The temple is open daily and admission is free. Enjoy!
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