A Tale of Two Works – the brilliantly divine White Temple and disturbingly dark Black House of Chiang Rai

Maravillas del mundo.

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After my first action packed day in Chiang Rai I knew I needed one more.  I had saved the best for last.  In the morning I hopped on my moto and headed south to Wat Rong Khun, aka the “White Temple.”

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The White Temple is the most incredible piece of art I’ve ever seen.  I am no artist, nor do I claim to be a judge of art, but when I see amazing art it feels like a pleasant punch in the stomach that forces me to catch my breath.  The most intense version of this feeling that I had previously experienced was at the Accademia Gallery in Florence, when I first saw Michelangelo’s David.  David is a masterpiece, pure and simple.  But the White Temple is better.

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The White Temple is still under construction, designed by native Chiang Rai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat.  The temple is not even scheduled…

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