Wat Rong Khun, or the White Temple, in Chiang Rai, Thailand is a unique, privately-owned structure devoted to the Lord Buddha by Chalermchai Kositpipat. Kositpipat is a local artist, and his goal is to restore and rebuild the temple and surrounding area to its glory, especially after an earthquake damaged it in 2014.
The White Temple is free to visitors, but no one can go inside due to the ongoing repairs. Still, viewing the building from the outside is incredible. The intricately carved designs are breathtaking. The architectural style of the temple merges Buddhist and Hindu themes, and there are many manifestations that indicate Thai origins.
The longer I stay in this area of Thailand, the more I appreciate the artistry and talent of its people. Their creativity abounds and influences everything they do. Whether it is handicrafts and jewelry or huge architectural endeavors, the quality and detail with which people make things is utterly important. It is obvious simply by looking at their products.
The vibe I get of this area is different from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. There is less rushing from place to place and more connecting with people. There is time to sit over a coffee and watch the world go without distractions like bright lights and loud noises. It’s amazingly simple here and, thus, simply amazing!