picture for today -03/09/2014

okay todays picture is quite straightforward not one of my complex hidden motive ones it is just simple and beautiful, and i would dearly love to go and see it i would probably struck dumb but it would be worth it

 

White Temple Chiang Rai, Thailand

White Temple Chiang Rai, Thailand

now isn’t that astoundingly beautiful? called White Temple Chiang Rai, Thailand it looks stunning a fantasy in white and i would dearly love to go visit i imagine to see it for real it will take your breath away it is amazingly detailed as well

how on earth do they keep it clean?

how on earth do they keep it clean?

some background

Real name Wat Rong Khun is a work in progress. All details of the white ubosot, the main temple hall, have been recently completed. A number of other buildings are in various stages of construction and decoration. The masterplan is expected to take decades to complete.

Superman flies through the paintings on a temple wall. A towering demon rises above you wielding a sword. Hands reach out from the depths below you on a bridge to a heavenly temple. Shrunken heads sprouting Spanish moss hang from tree branches. Thai angels and mystical creatures cavort through the temple grounds and on the masterpiece sanctuary at the temple’s heart. Wander through the magical world of Wat Rong Khun, often referred to in English as the White Temple.

Perhaps the most unique temple in the Kingdom of Thailand, the White Temple was born from the devotion of National Artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. A deeply devout Buddhist famed primarily for his religious-themed paintings, Chalermchai began the White Temple in 1997. Wat Rong Khun however is no traditional temple. Chalermchai re-imagines Thai art for the modern world. As you move through the temple grounds, you find yourself in the artist’s surreal vision of Buddhist teachings. Superheroes, movie stars and cartoons make their entrance into temple murals depicting traditional Buddhist motifs. Fantastical sculptures and architecture cover the landscape.

The esteemed artist’s imaginative touch makes its presence known even from outside the temple itself. Red skulls top traffic cones on the street. Light gleams brightly from the central temple hall.

Every detail of Wat Rong Khun carries deep religious symbolism – though admittedly most Thais will be unaware of most of the meaning as well unless they have studied up on its mysteries. Departing from the expected gold, Chalermchai chose to construct the temple in white, symbolizing the purity of Lord Buddha. The mirrors embedded in the structure reflect light, representing the Buddha’s wisdom shining out across the Earth and the Universe.

Much of the temple’s messages refer to escaping desire, greed and passion and moving towards the sublime through Buddhist teachings. To reach the main temple hall, you cross a threshold guarded by demons and traverse a bridge over an ocean of ghostly hands reaching up from the cycle of death and rebirth. The temple building symbolizes the realm of the Buddha and rising to a state of nirvana.

 

So it looks like something straight out of a fairy book and the closer you get the more detail you see, i could wander aimlessly round this place for hours drinking in every tiny part of it, and also i love the idea of such a beautiful building that looks like a work of art has deep meaning not just in itself but in every tiny detail, each part as important as the next and producing a dazzling vision when viewed in the whole of its entirety. To see such beauty as this is what makes me want to go traveling, pictures are nice but oh i would wish to have enough money to travel the world seeing all such beautiful places – a woman can dream ^_^

so there you have it a beautiful picture with a beautiful meaning for today

love and peace be with you

k

x

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6 responses

  1. This must indeed be a labor of love, such intricate work. You’re right. This looks like a white castle in a fairy tale. Match THAT, Hollywood. ❤

    1. ahh hollywood no doubt would break out the papier mache and plastic and cartoonise it no doubt popping a disney princess hanging gracefully out of a window somewhere ^_^ love and hugs x

  2. Wow! So beautiful!

    1. hi, lovely to meet you and i am glad you like it it is quite amazing i would dearly love to go visit somewhere like this!, thank you for dropping by love and peace to you and yours x

      1. You are welcome. I totally agree, what a beautiful place!
        Double 🙂

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