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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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