Wat Rong Khun or the White Temple is located on the outskirts of Chiang Rai, the northernmost city in Thailand. Still under construction it is remarkable for its radiant white color and the sparking reflections that originate from mirrored glass mosaics embedded in the white plaster used in the building process.
The temple is the brainchild of Chalermchai Kositpipat, one of Thailand’s most renowned artists, who wanted to build a temple all in white to signify the purity of Lord Buddha. The artist continues to work on the design.
The construction of the White Temple is Khun Chalemchai’s master work, which he refers to as an offering to Lord Buddha and his beloved country. Started in 1997, the temple complex is still much a work in progress and is not expected to be completed for another seventy years. Arrangements have already been made for construction to continue in the event of Mr Kositpipat's death.
Much of the above is taken from an article on the Thaizer Thailand Travel Guide web site. The complete article can be accessed by clicking here.
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carlo62 (46545) 2013-05-19 0:46
un modo molto originale per demonizzare l'alcool.
Una bella condivisione, belli i colori e ottima la nota di accompagnamento.
lousat (89918) 2013-05-19 1:27
Salut Steph,une photo qui me fait sourire un peu,pas la meilleure pour un barman comme moi,c'est pas un belle pub..ehehe..vraiment originale et interessante,qualite' parfaite depuis la meilleure prise de vue,je voudrais essayer s'il y a vraiment du whiskey dans la bouteille...ehhe...bon Dimanche et merci,Luciano
Royaldevon (37967) 2013-05-19 2:43
You have explained about the bottle!
Is it real or tongue in cheek?
Hell and damnation to all who partake!
I would imagine, with sunlight on mirrored glass, the effect would be amazing!
A good use of narrow dof and good colours.
Have a great day,
Silvio1953 (140951) 2013-05-19 3:13
Ciao Stephen, lovely composition with fantastic demon, fine details, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
timecapturer (49288) 2013-05-19 3:29
a fascinating image and a worthy sentiment. Not that I am averse to a tipple now and then, well more now, now, now and perhaps then! It is certainly colourful and a beautifully detailed image and looks like a magnificent setting.
Enjoy a peaceful Sunday - Brian.
williewhistler (16394) 2013-05-19 4:02
Hello Stephen,now that`s very well spotted,you don`t have to agree with the sentiment but it certainly makes a very striking photograph!
This has got to be one of the more memorable holiday shots.
Best regards Les.
tedesse (25135) 2013-05-19 4:37
I'm curious about this bottle?
Nice vertical frame. Good POV, beautiful colors and depth of field.
Noel_Byrne (30528) 2013-05-19 4:59
A fascinating subject here, and the whiskey is placed in great prominence in the scene, against that fine gold background. The detail of the carving of the demons is extremely impressive, and I really love the script on the sign underneath. Excellent composition.
Sergiom (77485) 2013-05-19 5:05
Assez spéciale cette sculpture avec cette tête de mort qui supporte une bouteille de Whisky bien pleine et prête à boire. De quoi sourire un petit peu.
manrezaei (1837) 2013-05-19 5:47
Excellent composition. Very nice shot. The ottle in center added more attraction to your perfectly well doen photo. Great exposure, superb colors and lights you captured here. Very well done.
Fis2 (96121) 2013-05-19 6:25
Interesting statue "Whisky" :)
Good frame, colors and light.
I like it.
Nicou (140154) 2013-05-19 7:26
Quelle compo et image sueprbe avec la bouteille au mielieu de l'objet quel forme et ce rouge fantastique vue et image splendide compo.
Bravo et amitié
papagolf21 (99820) 2013-05-19 10:05
Bonjour, cher Stephen,
Les voyages forment la jeunesse et la culture. TE permet de découvrir des lieux inconnus et d'apprendre beaucoup par l'intermédiaire des notes.
Ici, encore, le résultat est fort intéressant à tous les niveaux.
Image qui ne manque pas d'humour !
Urs (14082) 2013-05-20 0:23
That is a timely reminder for Thais not to spend all the income on buzz, however some of the low income earners do it every month. Beer is not the main culprit it is the Mekong whisky. Good presentation well done
In Vientiane there are almost no snatch thieves. However you are right, the net profit of the sale of these bananas should cover the cooked food he will have to buy for himself and his family
Cricri (117927) 2013-05-20 10:16
Je doit avoir eu peur de celle ci, car je ne ma rappelle pas de cette sculpture , il faut dire assez impressionnant et amusant avec la bouteille, superbe présentation
delpeoples (57278) 2013-05-24 23:35
hehehehe, I thought my old nanna had risen from the grave to give one of her Scottish temperance lectures. But no, looking closely at your photo, I see the culprit :) A beautiful photo of this temple, wonderful colours and intriguing details. The depth is superb, the image looking almost three dimensional to me. And the colour saturation is both natural and very pleasing to the eye. Thanks for sharing, have a lovely day.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-05-26 3:04
questa mi era sfuggita ed eppure è da mettere in evidenza tra i ricordi del tuo viaggio in Thailandia per l'originalità di questa struttura.
La presenza della bottiglia di Whisky poi completa l'originalità del quadretto. Peccato non essere in grado di leggere quanto è scritto sulla struttura bianca!
Ciao e buona domenica
ikeharel (69925) 2013-06-29 3:13
Only after reading teh title I saw the bottle, Stephen.
Even without it - the statue looks strange, yet impressive and colorful.
Fine spotted and presented.
Enjoy your weekend,
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (97607)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-02-00
- Categories: Daily Life, Food, Humorous, Artwork
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D
- Exposure: f/4, 1/1600 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-05-19 0:29