The White Temple (also known as Wat Rong Khun) is an iconic landmark in the city of Chiang Rai, Thailand. It’s a Buddhist temple built from white concrete and decorated with pieces of mirrored glass, and it’s one of the most recognizable and eye-catching temples in Asia.
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As opposed to many temples in Thailand, which date back centuries, the White Temple was built relatively recently. It was designed by Thai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat and completed in 1997. The temple features a unique blend of traditional Buddhist iconography with modern elements such as broken glass, shards of mirror, and even murals featuring characters from popular movies such as Superman and Spiderman. Despite its modern construction, Wat Rong Khun still follows traditional Buddhist principles, symbolizing purity through its white color and representing heaven on earth through its ornate design.