The White Temple

This isn’t a computer-generated scene from an upcoming movie, but a real place you can visit. It’s called Wat Rong Khun, more well-known among foreigners as the White Temple, is a contemporary unconventional Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand, designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat. Unfortunately, May 5th, 2014 at 18:08 (local time), the temple was heavily damaged by the earthquake in Mae Lao that struck the province. On the morning of May 7th, after an engineering expert team inspected and confirmed that all building structures in the temple were unharmed by the quake, Chalermchai announced that he would rebuild the temple back to its original beauty in two years and promised to devote his life for the work. Continue reading for more pictures.

According to Bored Panda, “It was almost destroyed by an earthquake in May of this year, but Kositpipat was inspired to rebuild the temple after an outpouring of international support urging him not to give up and let the temple crumble. Admission to many of the buildings has been forbidden until certain structural cracks are repaired, but visitors can still photograph the temples from the outside.”

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