Friday, November 11, 2011

Thailand: Wat Rong Khun

Wat Rong Khun (Thai: วัดร่องขุ่น) is a contemporary unconventional Buddhist and Hindu temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand. It was designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat. Construction began in 1997,finished in 2008.

Wat Rong Khun is different from any other temple in Thailand, as its ubosot (Pali: uposatha; consecrated assembly hall) is designed in white color with some use of white glass. The white color stands for Lord Buddha’s purity; the white glass stands for Lord Buddha’s wisdom that "shines brightly all over the Earth and the Universe."

The bridge leading to the temple represents the crossing over from the cycle of rebirth to the Abode of Buddha. The small semicircle before the bridge stands for the human world. The big circle with fangs is the mouth of Rahu, meaning impurities in the mind, a representation of hell or suffering.

We couldn't take photos inside but here are a few I found around the internet of the inside.

The whole temple was about the evils that humans do. Inside the main part was incredible art depicting all the evils of humanity and all the modern day heros (including Sailormoon, Spiderman, Harry Potter, Superman, Neo from the Matrix, Doraemon, Terminator, Darth Vader, and more) who even can't save us. The mural depicted that on one wall and then the other walls were people floating on petals to Buddha who can save I guess.


Batman, Neo from the Matix

evil petroleum that humans are thirsting for


don't smoke!

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