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.
At 9:55pm there's a knock at my door.
"Taxi is here! You must go."
It's 5 minutes early. We quickly get our things together and dash out the door.
The taxi is a pickup truck that has been converted to accommodate large groups of people. Bench seating had been installed that runs parallel to the direction of travel, with a metal frame and roof to protect from the elements. It reminds me of the way army trucks transport troops.