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Wat Rong Khun (White Temple)

Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) วัดร่องขุ่น, Wat Rong Khun(白色寺廟), 와트 롱 쿤 (화이트 사원), ワット・ロン・クン(ホワイト・テンプル), Wat Rong Khun (Templo Blanco), Ват Ронг Кхун (Белый Храм)

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Summary

Summary:
Wat Rong Khun perhaps better known to foreigners as the White Temple,
is a contemporary, unconventional, privately-owned art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand. It is owned by Chalermchai Kositpipat, who designed, constructed, and opened it to visitors in 1997.

By the end of the 20th century, the original Wat Rong Khun was in a bad state of repair. Funds were not available for renovation. Chalermchai Kositpipat, a local artist from Chiang Rai, decided to completely rebuild the temple and fund the project with his own money. To date, Chalermchai has spent THB40 million of his own money on the project. The artist intends for the area adjacent to the temple to be a center of learning and meditation and for people to gain benefit from the Buddhist teachings. Kositpipat considers the temple to be an offering to Lord Buddha and believes the project will give him immortal life. Today the works are ongoing, but are not expected to be completed until 2070. Admission to the wat compound is free for Thais and THB50 for foreigners. Donations are accepted, but are not to exceed THB10,000, as Chalermchai refuses to be influenced by big donors.

When completed, the white temple compound will have nine buildings, including the existing ubosot, a hall of relics, a meditation hall, an art gallery, and living quarters for monks.
The bridge of "the cycle of rebirth": the main building at the white temple, the ubosot, is reached by crossing a bridge over a small lake. In front of the bridge are hundreds of outreaching hands that symbolize unrestrained desire. The bridge proclaims that the way to happiness is by foregoing temptation, greed, and desire. Next to the lake stand two very elegant Kinnaree, half-human, half-bird creatures from Buddhist mythology.
Gate of Heaven: After crossing the bridge, the visitor arrives at the "gate of heaven", guarded by two creatures representing Death and Rahu, who decides the fate of the dead. In front of the ubosot are several meditative Buddha images.
Ubosot: The principal building, the ubosot is an all-white building with fragments of mirrored glass embedded in the building's exterior. The ubosot embodies design elements from classic Thai architecture such as the three-tiered roof and abundant use of Naga serpents. "Inside the temple, the decor swiftly moves from pristine white to fiery and bewildering. Murals depict swirling orange flames and demon faces, interspersed with Western idols such as Michael Jackson, Neo from The Matrix, Freddy Krueger, and a T-800 series Terminator. Images of nuclear warfare, terrorist attacks, and oil pumps hammer home the destructive impact that humans have had on earth. The presence of Harry Potter, Superman, and Hello Kitty confuses the message somewhat, but the overall moral is clear: people are wicked."
The golden building: "A structure that stands out because of its color is the rest rooms building. Another very ornately decorated structure, this golden building represents the body, whereas the white ubosot represents the mind. The gold symbolizes how people focus on worldly desires and money. The white building represents the idea to make merit and to focus on the mind, instead of material things and possession."


Schedule:
-Start the trip at the appointment point.
-Arrival At Wat Rong Khun (White Temple).
-Get You Back To The Meeting Point.
-The total trip time is about 8 hours.

Availability:
Everyday (Full day)

Meeting Point:
Hotel Or Meeting Point Around The City

Price Includes:
Private Transportation

Price Doesn't Include:
Expend, Food & Drink


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Price
: US$110 / Person
Place
: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration
: 8 hours

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► About Me
-I work as local tour guide at my own company Inspire Nung Tour And Transport is a Tour and Transport service based corporate in Chiang Mai. We have more than 50 programs of the tour from Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Mae Hong Son, and around north of Thailand as your customized.

PS. All The Price Show Are Cost Per Trip, Not Per Person. (Maximum 1-4 Persons. Additional Cost 20% Fee Charge Per Person)

► My Hobbies
- My city has a distinctive culture, full of art and true eastern life. Our culture is very famous as the city of creative arts and folk art of UNESCO, which was announced on October 31, 2017. We have 1,314 temples and are 6,250 monks in Chiang Mai. We have natural attractions and wildlife, including many interesting attractions. An local culture is another interesting thing, we have a number of tourist attractions and a lot of handicrafts place. Another name must be foods that are spectacular.

► My best travel experience
-My great trip is calm. I do not like sharing tours because everything is busy and not private. So I designed my tour private that all visitors can absorb the beauty of sight and mind. I do not like talking much LOL. I know that most every tourist is studied the places that they are interested in before coming. Some people believe more books than the tour guide LOL. So I like to give you the basics and let you meet with your own eyes.

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