Artist Chalermchai Kositpipat started work on the White Temple in 1997 and has so far spent THB40 million of his own money on the project -- and it is still in a state of ongoing construction. He re-imagines Thai art for the modern world through his surreal vision of Buddhist teachings. The use of white in the temple symbolizes the purity of Lord Buddha and mirrors embedded in the structure reflect light, representing the Buddha’s wisdom shining out across the Earth and the Universe. The exception is his choice of gold for the restroom to indicate worldliness, resulting in the most luxurious toilet in the kingdom.
Approaching the White Temple
Bill attracted to the goulish red skulls on the traffic
cones and elaborate fish pond.
Sue-On crosses the threshold guarded by demons
View from the bridge to the higher realm of the main
crossing over an ocean of ghostly hands reaching up from the cycle of death and rebirth.
Bowl of the suffering in the sea of hands are held up to collect alms.
Temple entrance and mural indicating
the destructive impact that humans have had on earth.
Sue-On about to enter the Temple building
which symbolizes the realm of the Buddha and rising to a state of nirvana.
Bill leaving the luxurious gold toilets
Ghastly heads sprouting spanish moss hang from trees
in the temple gardens
as Predator rises up from the ground to hasten our exit.
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