Massimo Perrozzi

Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

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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.

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.

Massimo Perrozzi

World's Most Beautiful Buildings

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