Wat Rong Khun, the most original temple in the world

Wat Rong Khun Thailand
Although with different faces, religion has accompanied the human being throughout the centuries. And although all kinds of atrocities have been committed in the name of the gods, the different religions have left us many good things, such as temples. And it is that some of the most impressive buildings in the world have had or have religious functions.

In Vuela Viajes we have told you about many important religious constructions, such as the Borobudur Temple, the Angkor Temples or the most beautiful mosques in the world. However, none of these buildings comes close in originality to the one we are going to show you today. We refer to Wat Rong Khun , also known as the White Temple. Do you want to know what makes this temple one of the most curious on the planet? Well, do not miss anything that we tell you below!

The most original temple in the world

Although many beautiful temples can be found in Thailand, Wat Rong Khun is for many travelers the most beautiful of them all. And it is already known that beauty is something very subjective. What is not in dispute is that it is one of the most original temples in the world. And it is that it mixes Buddhist and Hindu elements with characters from cinema and television. Yes! Yes! As you are reading it!

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Thai tradition and pop culture

Unlike most temples tourists visit when they go to Thailand, Wat Rong Khum does not have centuries of history. In fact, it was barely 18 years ago that construction began. And we say "started" because the works by the Thai painter and architect Chalermchai Kositpipat have not yet finished, who was very clear from the beginning that he wanted to combine Thai tradition with pop art in this building. Curiously, it is very easy to find this artist of international stature in this place. Sometimes he can even be seen painting or doing other tasks. And it is that in addition to designing it, he has been in charge of the construction and financing from the beginning. Although it is not known with certainty when it will be completed, it is estimated that it will be around 2070.

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The temple outside

As you can see for yourself in the images that we offer you in the gallery, the first thing that catches the attention of this temple is that the building and the different sculptures that surround it (bridges, lakes, skulls, dragons, demons …) are totally white . And it is that this color symbolizes purity. Particularly striking is the presence of the lake at the foot of the temple, an element that acts as a mirror , enhancing the brightness of the different elements that are part of this tourist attraction. In addition, hands can be found emerging from the ground representing hell.

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The temple inside

Already inside you can find murals with the most current paintings. And in them appear ships of "The Wars" characters of the most successful films of recent times ( "Matrix", "Avatar", "Kung Fu Panda" …), and some of the people most They have influenced contemporary history, such as Bin Laden. As you may have imagined, these paintings are full of bright colors, so they contrast with the white outside.

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Free entrance

Fortunately, the entrance to the White Temple is completely free. Of course, you must bear in mind that you have to visit it with the appropriate clothing, that is, with your shoulders and knees well covered, especially in the case of women. Also, you should know that eating, drinking, smoking, taking photos inside the temple and carrying an umbrella is not allowed. Then we leave you with our gallery , where you can find more images of this spectacular temple. Do not miss it!