The White Temple
Updated: Dec 28, 2018
This very impressive temple is entirely in white, symbolizing to the purity of the Buddha. The temple is decorated with countless numbers of small mirrored glass that enhance the temple's look, especially in the light of the sun.
The breath-taking architecture and the design of the White temple was built by the Thai artist Ajarn Chalermchai Kositpipat. Every detail of the White Temple carries meaning and reflects on Buddhist teachings that show the way to escape from the worldly temptations and focus on the mind.
The bridge of "the cycle of rebirth"
The main building of the white temple is reached by crossing a bridge over a small lake.
In front of the bridge is a circular area with hundreds of reaching hands that symbolizes the human desires.
This area represents human suffering and Hell. The bridge towards the temple, called the bridge of "the cycle of rebirth", which signifies the crossing over from cycle of death and rebirth into a state free of suffering. It symbolizes the way to happiness overcoming worldly things as temptation, greed and desire.
The Gate of Heaven :
After crossing the bridge the visitor arrives at the "Gates of Heaven" guarded by two huge creatures that represents Death and Rahu, who decides over men's fate.
At the end of the bridge in front of the main altar, are several Buddha images in meditation.
This temple is one of the most unique structure in Chiang Rai, Thailand. It is a site not to be missed out on your trip to Thailand.