In Thailand you will find Buddhist temples everywhere, many of them with beautiful golden roofs and giant Buddha statues inside. But after you have seen a couple of them, you have kind of seen them all, and by the time I got to Chiang Rai all the way in the north you could say I was templed out. However, I’m glad I still went to this particular one.
The White Temple is the brain child of a contemporary Thai artist, who began construction in 1997 (and it is still ongoing). At first glance, it seems like a majestic and gracious temple like any other… but look at the details, and you realize it’s also kind of insane.
Here’s a picture of the fairy-tale-esque exterior:
But move a little closer and you’ll find this “pit of hell” below a bridge leading to the temple itself… what?!
And then there’s this…
Buddism is, of course, an ancient religion based on traditions, beliefs and practices going back thousands of years… which is why inside the temple you’ll find this mural with Neo from The Matrix.
And then there’s a whole bunch of other shit on these temple walls…
Is that an Angry Bird flying into the twin towers? WTF?
Maybe there is some kind of clever reason for all of this, but to me it seems this is just a geek’s elaborate excuse to build something he’d think would be cool. Another case in point, there’s actually this Predator just outside…
I am not sure what to think. Tackiest ever… or actually kind of awesome?
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