Yeti Day Trips: Chiang Rai’s White Temple

Hear ye!  Hear ye! I predict that in 100 years Wat Rong Kun, or the White Temple (or, most technically, วัดร่องขุ่น), will be nearly as famous as the Taj Mahal or Stonehenge or anything else still standing after the zombie apocalypse that we all know is coming.  (You do know that’s coming, don’t you?)

It’s free to get in, which for my money makes it on par with the Taj Mahal or the various wats and temples in SE Asia.  The main temple is captivating enough, but what really makes the grounds so intriguing are the multitude of (Buddhist informed) statues and structures.  And we’re not talking simply about the mundane dragons and nagas.

For instance, to get to the main temple you cross the Cycle of Rebirth bridge, passing over a moat filled with outreaching arms (representing desire) that want to drag you down to hell.

Construction began in 1997 and they are still building it; completion is not expected for several decades. (One projection guesses 2070!)

So don’t wait for 100 years to pass.  Go now and see this really great temple.  Just, you know, try to avoid being dragged to hell.

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