Better known as ‘the White Temple, Wat Rong Khun is one of the most unique temples you will ever witness due to its detailed Buddhist murals that is in complete white. The white colour signifies the purity of the Buddha and the glass used represents the wisdom and the teachings of Buddha.
Towards the end of the 20th century, the original Wat Rong Khun was in a very poor state and the restoration work had started but was halted due to lack of funds. A famous Thai artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat said that the Temple work is still in progress and will have eventually nine buildings including the ubosot, a hall that has a Buddhist relics, meditation halls, monk living quarter and art gallery.
This beautiful yet unconventional temple has been designed by fusing ancient architecture style using gold (white, not gold, as a pure colour to embody the sacredness of temples), imaginative buddha teachings about heaven, hell, karma and earthly sins. The entire theme of the temple is steeped in buddhist symbolisms. The temple boasts of unique sculpture and murals. One can see the narrow bridge that passes over a sea of beseeching hands reaching out that represent suffering souls in hell, a pathway that is guarded over by demon and the two Buddha images, floating on a lotus pedestal, are set against elaborately painted murals in various hues of gold and other colours.
The whole temple uses a mixture of traditional and modern culture reference in a striking white sheen that gives all its visitors a lasting impression. The design and structure portraying the bridge of the cycle of rebirth and the gate of heaven has a deep spiritual meaning and makes us ponder on the teaching that shows a way to escape the world temptations, desires and focus on mind instead.