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Why was Wat Rong Khun built?

Why was Wat Rong Khun built?

The Wat Rong Khun is a Buddhist temple located outside the city of Chiang Rai in Thailand. It is known as the White Temple for the prevalence of white on the buildings and art pieces. It was designed and funded by Chalermchai Kositpipat, a local artist who has devoted his life to the construction of the temple.

When was Wat Rong Khun built?

Wat Rong Khun – White Temple/Construction started

Artist Chalermchai Kositpipat began building Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai in 1997. The incredibly detailed, all-white exterior represents Buddha’s purity. Mirrored trimming symbolizes self-reflection.

What is wrong with Khoon?

Wat Rong Khun (Thai: วัดร่องขุ่น), perhaps better known to foreigners as the White Temple, is a 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.

Who built Wat Rong Khun?

Chalermchai Kositpipat
Wat Rong Khun – White Temple/Architects

What is the future of Wat Rong Khun?

The Future of the White Temple The temple complex is still a work in progress, to be completed by 2070 with nine buildings. Kositpipat has spent millions of his own THB to dedicate himself to this project, and accepts monetary contributions but refuses donations over 10,000 THB to preserve his artistic freedom.

How old is the white temple?

24c. 1997-1997
Wat Rong Khun – White Temple/Age

Why is the White Temple important?

Like a mirror, the temple is reflected in a pond detracting your attention away from the details. Moving on to the temple grounds, closer inspection reveals the details. The temple’s white color symbolizes Buddha’s purity; its glittering mirrors signifies the teachings of the Buddha to reflect kindness on to others.

What is special about the White Temple?

The White Temple is famous for its iconic, intricate details as well as some distinctive design elements such as the Bridge of the Cycle of Rebirth, the Gate of Heaven, the Ubosot and the Golden Building. The Bridge of the Cycle of Rebirth is a small bridge that crosses a lake to reach the main building of the temple.

What is Uruk today?

The remains of the city of Uruk lie today in a dusty, featureless desert, several kilometres east of the River Euphrates in southern Iraq. Five thousand years ago, however, it was surrounded by freshwater reed marshes, fertile alluvial soil, and waterways giving access to neighbouring towns and the Persian Gulf.

Why is it called white temple?

The temple gets its name for the fact that it was entirely white washed inside and out, which would have given it a dazzling brightness in strong sunlight.

Is Uruk mentioned in the Bible?

In myth and literature, Uruk was famous as the capital city of Gilgamesh, hero of the Epic of Gilgamesh. Scholars identify Uruk as the biblical Erech (Genesis 10:10), the second city founded by Nimrod in Shinar.

What was found in Uruk?

By around 3200 B.C., the largest settlement in southern Mesopotamia, if not the world, was Uruk: a true city dominated by monumental mud-brick buildings decorated with mosaics of painted clay cones embedded in the walls, and extraordinary works of art.

How did Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai get rebuilt?

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 THB1,080 million of his own money on the project.

When did Wat Rong Khun in Mae Lao close?

On 5 May 2014 at 18:08 (local time), the temple was damaged by the earthquake in Mae Lao that struck the province. It was closed indefinitely. Chalermchai said on 6 May that he would demolish the structures for safety reasons and would not rebuild it.

When is the Wat Rong Khun temple to be completed?

Kositpipat considers the temple to be an offering to Buddha and believes the project will give him immortal life. Today the works are ongoing, but are not expected to be completed until 2070.

What’s the best way to get to Wat Rong Khun?

The easiest way is probably by taxi or tuk-tuk, but a cheaper and more adventurous way is to go with the local songthaew. Just ask for a songthaew to Wat Rong Khun, and let the driver know where you’re going. You pay when you arrive, and the driver will notify you when you’re at the temple.