Located at 13 km south of the city of Chiang Rai in Northern Thailand, artist Chalermchai Kositpipat built this amazing White Temple or Wat Rong Khun, as offering to the current King of Thailand, Rama IX.
The temple is an exuberance of white, but as you near the temple, you will be welcomed by dispairing hands and feet emerging out of the earth, in pain and as if begging for survival and relief from suffering. In the gardens surrounding the temple, there are statues of creatures coming from the world of darkness, dragons, skeletons and mouths open of rooftop gargoyles all ready to devour you....
You feel transported to another 'world' altogether, something Chalermchai Kositpipat wanted...and then closer to the temple aisle, we were stunned by ferocious guardian of death...his pointed finger challenging every visitor to pass him.
The sky was dreary and haze covered...Every year between February and April local farmers in Northern Thailand and neighboring countries burn huge amounts of vegetation to clear fields and get rid of agricultural waste. The result is not just a hzy dull sky but a serious, regional smog problem that causes discomfort and health issues.
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papagolf21 (90394) 2014-06-10 0:58
Bonjour, cher Angshu,
Une image qui dormait tranquillement au fond d'un disque dur. Merci pour cette superbe prise de vue.
sujet, mise en image, tout est excellent.
shreya2000 (1694) 2014-06-10 1:19
Very good picture. The composition is very nice in which the main attraction is shown in the right side. Good detail given by you. Seems that you have travelled half the world!!
Royaldevon (33381) 2014-06-10 1:24
You have taken a very effective viewpoint so this guardian has maximum impact. If you are able to by-pass his fierce anger, there is a beautifully decorative pathway to follow.
The cloudless sky has made an excellent, unobtrusive backcloth for these clear sculptures.
Have a great day,
lousat (82472) 2014-06-10 1:49
H Anghsu,this dark and cloudy sky is perfect to contrast in the best way this magnificent and incredible gate to the temple.Fantastic and rich decorations everywhere caught in the best quality as usual,the detail are impressive,spectacular long and decentralized perspective too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
federico (3106) 2014-06-10 2:02
hi Angshu, great composition and perfect light and saturation as usual, I like the statue coming out of the screen, almost touching teh observer with the pointing finger
Sergiom (67322) 2014-06-10 5:14
Quel magnifique cadrage. Le point de vue est excellent et met bien en valeur le bras armé de cette statue de marbre blanc . Le pont donne beaucoup de profondeur à l'ensemble.
sevy (15367) 2014-06-10 5:43
Impressive artwork. But visually speaking, I like more the white stone rendering againsr the blue-grey sky. The final contrast is pleasant.
jhm (144176) 2014-06-10 6:03
Exactly a silver statue, in high quality photographed.
A very well picture with nice colours and excellent presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
danos (90257) 2014-06-10 8:56
very nice the view as the presentation of the huge statue of the Wat's gatekepper,with this terrible face and his pointed finger to creates fear to the visitor.Excellent presentation as the light and the colour management of the place.
macjake (61376) 2014-06-10 9:07
Well, i've never seen this compo before of this subject, this is new for me.
for some reason this shot reminds me of a cartoon figure on front of a comic book :)
I mean that in a good way of course :)
somehow it comes across as a bit funny looking, but i guess its just the composition as it's so in-your-face.
but thats what makes it so cool looking too, especially with the long run on the left for depth. works well.
nice shot as its a creative choice.
PaulVDV (24367) 2014-06-10 10:54
An original and very attractive composition.
Excellent sharpness and all details clearly shown.
Best regards, Paul
jjcordier (78960) 2014-06-11 0:00
Un cadrage étonnant et très réussi du "gardien" de ce Temple Blanc aux surprenantes sculptures.
Nicou (129967) 2014-06-11 8:17
quelle statue qui défend l'entrée sueprbe quel blanc et sa belle épée quelle perspective et image sueprbe rendu dans les tons génial.
bravo et amitié
dip (23844) 2014-06-12 6:07
very impressive the temple!
wonderful shot,I like the chosen point of view,
thanks for sharing,
Didi (59046) 2014-06-12 9:18
Interesting part of a preceding picture
Very terrific rich details on the sculptures
Good frame quality
Fis2 (89977) 2014-06-12 12:45
A very interesting place.
Good POV and colors.
I like it.
pajaran (54997) 2014-06-12 22:32
Interesantan tekst o hramu, lep pogled na skulpturu i ulaz ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazan deo hrama i detalji.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
An interesting article about the temple, a beautiful view of the sculpture and entrance ...
Good time recording, contrast and perspective, well shown and details of the temple.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best for the weekend, good luck.
pierrefonds (60320) 2014-06-14 11:47
The subject is well framed. The point of view is showing with precision the details and the colors of the statue. The distance between the statue and the temple is giving depth to the composition. The light of the dark sky is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.
mkamionka (32459) 2014-06-17 6:00
it seems like from another world indeed. I don't like bad weather days but here the dark sky makes a nice contrast with the white structures.
Very well done!
tatadalou (7219) 2014-06-20 11:39
The statue doesn't look very welcoming ! Beautiful architectural shot, with stunning details. Well done,
emka (86341) 2014-06-24 11:56
This white Temple is so strange, I always gaze at the photos of it in amazement. Here it looks like made of silver.
WArm regrads MAlgo
ManishaJain (292) 2014-06-29 6:14
This picture is so unique. All white statue and well lit day still background not masking the main subject . Excellent pov and contrast. And the title....So impressive.
adores (40930) 2014-07-05 14:11
A very good shot of a magnificent temple! I like the composition a lot, it's perfect with the sculpture in foreground!
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56568)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-03-21
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO, RAW, Tamron 72mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/1600 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai & Bangkok
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-10 0:49