The White Temple is the brainchild of artist Chalermchai Kositpipat and is a truly amazing work of modern art. He started the project in 1998 with his own money and has put millions of dollars into it so far. The scale of the project is so grand that it isn't estimated to be done for a few decades. You can read about it more somewhere else online.

We almost missed the White Temple actually. It's promoted on all the tours so we thought it was just another plain old Buddhist temple/tourist trap. It's not even mentioned in the lonely planet "Southeast Asia on a Shoestring" book, which is weird cause the temple is free to visit. We only heard about how cool it was the night before from a lone Austrian traveller that was staying at the same guesthouse as us. Luckily, it was the last stop of our Bicycle tour so we didn't miss it.

The whole thing is just totally amazing. It's an ecclectic blend of traditional buddhist art, psychadelic imagery and pop culture references. The temple's design is something out of the hallucinations of an acid-tripping monk. Everything is bright white and lined with tiny mirrors that glimmer in the sunlight as you walk by. To enter, you must cross over the pits of hell, pass by the demon gate-keepers, and traverse a bridge guarded by dragons. Inside the temple is a giant mural with heroes and villains in epic poses, soaring through an cellestial plane. Above them are the eyes of the devil with reflections of George Bush and Osama Bin Laden. Above that is the fires of hell, the light of heaven, and a serene, enlightened buddha sitting peacefully above all else. We weren't allowed to take pictures, but I assure you it was epic.

Right now, it's just the one temple that's done. There are two more behind it and a giant pagoda nearby that still need to be dressed up with all the curvy spires, dragons and faces of Buddha. When it's finished (in 30 or 40 years), it will be one of the most impressive works of art of the century.


The first temple

The only temple that is mostly done so far. This one has the mural inside. It gets put in here twice because it's the best wide shot I have.

Tiny mirrors

The tiny mirrors on the gates around the temples

The pits of hell

Hands reaching up from the pits of hell

The pits of hell

Demon Gatekeeper

One of the demon gate keepers

Floating Heads

These heads were just hanging from some trees at the entrance.

A skull

Some Skulls

Some skulls at the front of the temple

Some faces

A bridge and water monument

 

A bridge

Unfinished pagoda

This pagoda-like structure will be the biggest of them all, I think.

Unfinished temples

These two temples are behind the main one and are unfinished. This is what they look like before all the squiggly spires and creatures are added

Work in progress

The workshop is totally open and you can go in and watch the artists work.

Another work in progress

This one is getting the mirrors put on still.

Golden Bathroom

This golden building seemed out of place. It's the bathroom.

477 Responses to The White Temple: Buddhist Acid-trip Hallucination Come to Life

I found your this post while

I found your this post while searching for information about blog-related research ... It's a good post .. keep posting and updating information. cell phone store

You make so many great points

You make so many great points here that I read your article a couple of times. Your views are in accordance with my own for the most part. This is great content for your readers.
premium skincare Louisville

Some truly wonderful work

Some truly wonderful work on behalf of the owner of this internet site . perfectly great articles .
premium skincare Louisville

I felt very happy while

I felt very happy while reading this site. This was really very informative site for me. I really liked it. This was really a cordial post. Thanks a lot!.
cheap fashion accessories Malaysia

This is a great inspiring

This is a great inspiring article.I am pretty much pleased with your good work.You put really very helpful information. Keep it up. Keep blogging. Looking to reading your next post.
cheap fashion accessories Malaysia

Great Article it its really

Great Article it its really informative and innovative keep us posted with new updates. its was really valuable. thanks a lot.
marvel future fight hack

I like this post,And I guess

I like this post,And I guess that they having fun to read this post,they shall take a good site to make a information,thanks for sharing it to me.
http://www.galaxie-games.com/

Wonderful illustrated

Wonderful illustrated information. I thank you about that. No doubt it will be very useful for my future projects. Would like to see some other posts on the same subject!
HSC Result 2018

Thanks for posting this info.

Thanks for posting this info. I just want to let you know that I just check out your site and I find it very interesting and informative. I can't wait to read lots of your posts.
Бизнес тренинги в Киеве

I really appreciate the kind

I really appreciate the kind of topics you post here. Thanks for sharing us a great information that is actually helpful. Good day!
Тренинги Киев

Hello I am so delighted I

Hello I am so delighted I located your blog. I really located you by mistake. while I was watching on google for something else. Anyways I am here now and could just like to say thank for a tremendous post and a all round entertaining website. Please do keep up the great work.
Bill Bronchick

That is the excellent

That is the excellent mindset, nonetheless is just not help to make every sence whatsoever preaching about that mather. Virtually any method many thanks in addition to i had endeavor to promote your own article in to delicius nevertheless it is apparently a dilemma using your information sites can you please recheck the idea. thanks once more.
dialectical behaviour therapy

prince U.S

i read a lot of stuff and i found that the way of writing to clearifing that exactly want to say was very good so i am impressed and ilike to come again in future..
fly casting fishing

acmarket ios

acmarket ios is a very famous app for the downloading the free games and apps.

This is a great inspiring

This is a great inspiring article.I am pretty much pleased with your good work.You put really very helpful information. Keep it up. Keep blogging. Looking to reading your next post.
microwave plate cover

hello!! Very interesting

hello!! Very interesting discussion glad that I came across such informative post. Keep up the good work friend. Glad to be part of your net community.
magnetic microwave cover

This is a great inspiring

This is a great inspiring article.I am pretty much pleased with your good work.You put really very helpful information...
Reconstruction and Repair Nevada

Thanks you very much for

Thanks you very much for sharing these links. Will definitely check this out..
Reconstruction and Repair Nevada

You know your projects stand

You know your projects stand out of the herd. There is something special about them. It seems to me all of them are really brilliant!
online blackjack oyna

that is great

This is very interesting

This is very interesting content! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your points and have come to the conclusion that you are right about many of them. You are great.
Bridesmaid Shoes

Try this app

Tutu helper have u ever seen this website?

Nice post. I was checking

Nice post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed! Extremely useful info specially the last part I care for such information a lot. I was seeking this certain info for a long time. Thank you and good luck.
Forklift training ontario

VM |voguemagazin.com is a new

VM |voguemagazin.com is a new Social Network for Fashion and Lifestyle.The Social Network for interested people from Fashion, Beauty,Lifestyle and Accessories to the latest trends in hair andcosmetics. Welcome are private individuals as well as companiesand Retailers, Celebrities, Models, Influencer, Make-up artistsand Photographers.

Thanks for your post. I’ve

Thanks for your post. I’ve been thinking about writing a very comparable post over the last couple of weeks. I’ll probably keep it short and sweet and link to this instead if thats cool. Thanks.
the best Cat Toys online

This is such a great resource

This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I love seeing websites that understand the value of providing a quality resource for free. It is the old what goes around comes around routine.
adsense alternatives

I like this post.And I guess

I like this post.And I guess that they having fun to read this post.they shall take a good site to make a information.thanks for sharing it to me.
adsense alternatives

prince U.S

This is very educational content and written well for a change. It's nice to see that some people still understand how to write a quality post!
rulet siteleri

prince U.S

This is highly informatics. crisp and clear. I think that everything has been described in systematic manner so that reader could get maximum information and learn many things.
blackjack siteleri

prince U.S

This is highly informatics. crisp and clear. I think that everything has been described in systematic manner so that reader could get maximum information and learn many things.
blackjack siteleri

This is my first time i visit

This is my first time i visit here. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles. I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! keep up the good work
Kids book creator

Thanks for the post and great

Thanks for the post and great tips..even I also think that hard work is the most important aspect of getting success..
Kids book creator

I really appreciate this

I really appreciate this wonderful post that you have provided for us. I assure this would be beneficial for most of the people.
Scandinavian Art Posters

Excellent information on your

Excellent information on your blog, thank you for taking the time to share with us. Amazing insight you have on this, it's nice to find a website that details so much information about different artists.
Car rental Praslin

Thanks for posting this info.

Thanks for posting this info. I just want to let you know that I just check out your site and I find it very interesting and informative. I can't wait to read lots of your posts.
3 Secret Ingredients to Increase Sperm Count

prince U.S

I'm glad I found this web site. I couldn't find any knowledge on this matter prior to.Also operate a site and if you are ever interested in doing some visitor writing for me if possible feel free to let me know. im always look for people to check out my web site.
casino oyna

Thanks for sharing the info.

Thanks for sharing the info. keep up the good work going.... I really enjoyed exploring your site. good resource...
Medical clinic Allen

This is a great inspiring

This is a great inspiring article.I am pretty much pleased with your good work.You put really very helpful information...
Medical clinic Allen

Hi! Thanks for the great

Hi! Thanks for the great information you havr provided! You have touched on crucuial points!
Organic horse grooming products

The information you have

The information you have posted is very useful. The sites you have referred was good. Thanks for sharing...
Organic horse grooming products

Thanks for posting this info.

Thanks for posting this info. I just want to let you know that I just check out your site and I find it very interesting and informative. I can't wait to read lots of your posts.
chicken coops

I'm glad I found this web

I'm glad I found this web site. I couldn't find any knowledge on this matter prior to.Also operate a site and if you are ever interested in doing some visitor writing for me if possible feel free to let me know. im always look for people to check out my web site.
chicken coops for sale

This is such a great resource

This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I love seeing websites that understand the value of providing a quality resource for free. It is the old what goes around comes around routine.
ηλεκτρονικα τσιγαρα χονδρικη

tertre

The information you have posted is very useful. The sites you have referred was good. Thanks for sharing...
ηλεκτρονικα τσιγαρα χονδρικη

CALENDAR

Happy Easter 2018 Quotes Sayings Wishes Messages Greetings Cards | happy easter sunday greeting Happy Easter Sunday Images, Funny Easter Bunny Pictures Photos Wallpaper Coloring Pages.

Thanks so much for this

Thanks so much for this information. I have to let you know I concur on several of the points you make here and others may require some further review. but I can see your viewpoint.
Schlüsseldienst Köln Ehrenfeld

I am no expert, but I believe

I am no expert, but I believe you just made an excellent point. You certainly fully understand what you are speaking about, and I can truly get behind that.
how to cure rheumatoid arthritis

Awesome article! I want

Awesome article! I want people to know just how good this information is in your article. It’s interesting. compelling content. Your views are much like my own concerning this subject.
hair salon

Excellent information on your

Excellent information on your blog, thank you for taking the time to share with us. Amazing insight you have on this, it's nice to find a website that details so much information about different artists.
Outside log store

This is extraordinary work!

This is extraordinary work! It was quite relaxing to peruse this fascinating article today. It would make me even more happy if I got to learn about the best dofollow blogs service in the upcoming weeks from you.

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • You may insert videos with [video:URL]

More information about formatting options

By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.