The White Temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand

The White Temple was built in the 90’s by a visionary Thai artist. A lot temples in Thailand look the same, but this one truly stands out. It is all white, to symbolize the purity of the Buddha:

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The temple was meant to be viewed at night, so the crystals can glow under the moonlight:

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The temple is quite small and there is not much to do in the vicinity. Expect to spend a lot of time just looking at it and standing next to it. Additionally, this temple is where people  wear their Sunday-best and are behaving courteously.

There is also a room in the back with a mural and a live Buddha meditating in it. It is forbidden to snap pictures. The mural is quite amazing. It depicts the horrors of modern times, notably America and 9-11, and Thai people going on a spaceship to escape it and to achieve Buddhahood.


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