Some may call it whimsical, some disturbing, but Wat Rong Khun, known as the White Temple, is at the very least, unconventional.
The White Temple is more of a work of art than a place of worship and is one of the most popular attractions in North Thailand, let alone the city of Chiang Rai where it is located. Built by a painter/architect, Chalermchai Kositpipat, every aspect is supposedly filled with symbolism and meaning.
When we approached the temple from the road, it looked quite powerful and beautiful. It wasn’t until we got closer that we started noticing some of the more disconcerting elements such as the statue in this photo. If you’re still trying to figure out where this creature is from, it’s definitely not from any folklore or legend in Thailand. That’s most certainly the predator rising from the gardens in front of the main temple building.
Other familiar images can be seen all around the gardens of the temple including the heads of Hellboy and Freddy Kruger hanging from trees. We’ll be writing more about our visit to the White Temple, but we wanted to give a little sneak peek into what we saw and chose this photo as a shout out to Carolann’s mom, a sci-fi and horror movie lover.