3 hours North of Chiang Mai is a city called Chiang Rai. It’s here that the White Temple is currently being built. As in, when we visited, we stood mesmerized by two Thai artists stroking the inside temple walls with paintbrushes saturated in yellow acrylic as they perched lazily on bamboo scaffolding. The temple is designed by a popular contemporary Thai artist: Chalermchai Kositpipat. He satirizes current world state of affairs in his artwork as well as his temple (SO cool!). What an unexpected twist from usual temples. There were images of Avatar, Michael Jackson, Hello Kitty, etc… Most strikingly, in a huge skull above the doorway, George W. Bush and Osama Bin Laden are painted in the eye sockets. (no pictures allowed inside the building).
Pretty amazing, right?