Wat Rong Khun, also known as Thailand’s White Temple, is a Buddhist temple with a very unique style. It was built on the site of an old dilapidated temple by the Thai artist Chalermchai Kosipipat.
The combination of both traditional Buddhist themes and modern influences, including murals of Superman, Mickey Mouse, Micheal Jackson, and Kung Fu Panda. With these, it adds the intrigue and surprise of this famous tourist attraction, Wat Rong Khun. Visitors will get to see aliens with guns, a Wolverine hand, and many more of cheeky and quirky innuendos.
Usually, when you come to Thailand, you visit temples that are gold. But, not when you visit Wat Rong Khun, it is white.
Exploring the temple can be hours of fun. The main building called “Ubosot” only allows tourists to marvel from outside. Behind the White Temple, there is a big building which is the home of Chalermchai Kosipipat’s religious artistic structions.
It is recommended to check out the toilets, as they are beautifully decorated and are located in a golden building. The White Temple is filled with Buddhist statues and symbolism, from layout all the way to the ornate reliefs and minor decorations.
First, you can enter the Ubosot (The main building) from the front, starting from the narrow bridge that passes through the pool of upturned with beseeching hands which represents the suffering souls in hell. Once you start from here, there’s no turning back, as the only way is to ascend “heavenwards’. You will experience the pathway that is guarded over by demons along the Ubosot.
Inside, there are two big Buddha images floating on a lotus pedestal setting against the painted murals in many different hues of gold and other colors. As mentioned earlier, Chalermchai uses icons that combine traditional characters and modern culture. You will see his creativity through the blends of superman, spaceships, and more cartoon characters into the stories of the Buddha’s life and his teaching on these murals.
This is what leaves an impression upon visitors when visiting this White Temple.
Entry to the White Temple is free of charge and it is open from 8 am to 5 on weekdays and 8 am to 5:30 pm on weekends. It might be easy to forget, but the White Temple is still considered a religious site. So, make sure to dress up and act in an appropriate manne