The Sci-Fi Buddhist Temple That Is Wat Rong Khun

White Temple

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The old adage “You can’t judge a book by its cover” apparently also applies to a temple. Within Thailand’s White Temple, you will encounter a somewhat non-traditional interior. Where you may expect to find reverent Buddhist sculptures and quiet areas of worship, you’ll see crazy murals that blend science fiction imagery, pop culture and the teachings of Buddha. The reasoning? As artist Chalermchai Kositpipat said, “I desire for it to be built like a paradise. It is paradise on Earth, humans can be exposed.”

But for most, said paradise probably doesn’t include Keanu Reeves. Or, for that matter, being surrounded by spaceships locked in a battle for your soul.

The temple’s pure whiteness suggests it is fragile and delicate, but—adding to its contradictions—the temple has actually endured almost seventeen years of tourists and harsh natural elements. Unfortunately, an earthquake did damage the temple in May of last year, and was forced to close for repairs for an indefinite period of time. Tourists are still allowed to visit, but certain areas may be unavailable due to construction. Here are some of the highlights:

White Temple White Sky
White Temple Hands
Elephant Temple
Dragon Temple
The Sci-Fi Buddhist Temple That Is Wat Rong Khun
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Erin Kelly
Erin Kelly is a freelance writer, artist and video editor that splits her time between the humid Midwest and the dusty corners of her mind.
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