World's Most Beautiful Buildings
Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Honestly, we can’t decide whether this contemporary Buddhist temple—construction began in 1997 and is ongoing—is overwhelmingly beautiful or fantastically ugly. Either way, it’s supremely eye-catching. Unlike most Thai shrines, this epic project by artist Chalermchai Kositpipat is devoid of color. Its crazily ornate sculptures and mosaics are white, white, white—a symbol of purity—and deep inside sits a golden Buddha.
New Gods: Along with statues of Buddha and ancient mythological figures, there are also representations of more contemporary seekers, such as Neo from The Matrix and Spider-Man.