I am indebted to Marilyn (axiotes) for discovering this strange temple, Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai. It is being created by a national artist, Cherlumchai as an act of personal devotion. The temple is entirely white and, I learn from Marilyn, was intended to be viewed by moonlight, and was intended to portray heaven on earth; 'Sawan, 'a Buddhist heaven , of course, that is, a supra mundane and not supernatural heaven. Not the residence of a supreme being but the highest natural, spiritual state. If anyone lives in London you can see some of Cherlumchai’s famous murals in the Buddhappadipa temple, in Callonne Road, Wimbledon. This temple in Chiang Rai attracts hundreds of visitors every day.
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terimakasi74 (283) 2007-01-24 12:30
Thanks for this nice picture and very useful note.
It indeed looks strange...
Exposure, POV and sharpness are all spot on
Gustaw (21670) 2007-01-24 12:31
I see it is very interesting place. Very interesting architecture, good composition and good conception. I like your warm colours and light. Well done.
marjan (6277) 2007-01-24 12:31
hi kevin , first time I see white temple in thailand and now I red your notice and it is cleare. Good POV and motive.
maximage (15535) 2007-01-24 12:45
Une très belle image, très insolite et inhabituelle d'un temple Thaïlandais.
Très jolie compo, bravo.
jaywalker (16091) 2007-01-24 12:45
Hi Kevin, Alot of great detail captured in this photo, the exposure is very good & has shown excellent colour & light, nice POV & well cropped, kind regards Wilson. PS love the building.
fayeulle (27823) 2007-01-24 13:07
Thanks to show us this temmple. I hve visited this town, but I missed it...
lilimih33 (9912) 2007-01-24 13:19
Beautiful composition with nice colours, light and sharpness! Good point of view!
ndb1958 (9289) 2007-01-24 14:16
Hi Kevin, never saw any pictures of this building / place. Looks interesting. Nice colours, lightning and POV. Informative note. Thank you for sharing. Nino
elihesamian (26149) 2007-01-24 14:18
a very beautiful temple you show us with your great capturing and a very good composition,amazing style in architecture,the colors are attractive which well contrasted,too,good note,nicely worked and Thanks,
siamakjafari (1519) 2007-01-24 15:06
excellent,nice framing and well done DOF.-siamak
capthaddock (28790) 2007-01-25 11:03
Hi Kevin - oh my, at first I thought it snowed in Thailand! The frosty white color gives this temple a very unique appearance, and riotously ornate to keep the eyes entertained.
axiotea (21647) 2007-01-25 23:01
Wat Rong Khun stands out nicely under the great light and contrasts well with the sky and lawn. Sharp details and good framing.
P.S Thanks for mentioning me but just a small thing concerning the link you gave to my pic., it opens another page. BTW my nick is axiotea(not axiotes) :)
Senk (2303) 2007-01-26 1:29
nice one of your picture Lung , I went to Chiang rai but I didn't find this place ,
GOOD JOB LUNG
siolaw (37642) 2007-01-26 10:16
A good POV showing the monument in its entirety... i actually quite like that complicated style too! Light is good, colors and sharpness too.. here
is one of Marilyn's pictures of that Wat ;D
paura (47166) 2007-01-26 11:07
An excellent shot from this amazing place. Nice POV and composition. Very interesting the architecture details.
AdrianW (2274) 2007-01-26 11:19
Fascinating shot Kevin! I had no idea that anything like this existed anywhere... When I first saw this one (on Wednesday) I thought it had been snowing in Thailand too - then I read your note! Most of the little snow we had here has already melted now, but thankfully it appears this temple won't ;)
As for the shot - nicely executed! Not sure whether it isn't slightly tilted though, try rotating it 1.5°CW and see whether you agree. I'd also be tempted to crop a little off the top and bottom - the green makes a nice colour contrast, but it's almost too strong an element here. Of course reading your note suggests an obvious shot here, but one that no-one on TE seems to have taken yet - the temple by moonlight! Perhaps at a low angle, a way off with a longish telephoto you could actually get the moon in the frame - you'd have to shoot around dusk/dawn though, otherwise the moon would be too bright. A 300mm would be good I think. If you wish you could also correct the verticals using the Skew tool, although that's a matter of taste. Anyway, just some thoughts, hope you don't mind!
I'll have to visit that temple in Wimbledon at some point, it's only a few stations away - thanks for the heads-up :)
Very well captured, and an interesting note too :D
ALIRIZA (16419) 2007-01-27 17:35
Very interesting architecture. I like good composition and beautiful colours a lot. Well done my friend...
Have a nice days...
adores (30873) 2007-01-29 18:24
I had seen your Brisge of Dreams but don't really know why, I never wrote a comment. I couldn't miss this one. Seems really a nice place. The capture is great, colours and perspective are really good and i really like to see all those people there.Must be a quite popular place. I guess I need to return to Thailand to visit Chiang Rai.
ivo (376) 2007-01-30 8:32
Colour and light ***
PixelTerror (0) 2007-02-03 4:42
Oh again this fascinating temple, well these elaborated and so white structures are always strongly impacting and shining. The distorted vertical on the right gives a bit the impression the whole photo tilts to the left.
Have a nice week end,
albertopiubello (2623) 2007-03-05 16:22
I'm discovering your interesting gallery and I was captured by this image.
This temple is stunning! I visited south east Asia for my first time in june (Laos, Cambodia and Bangkok) but I couldn't see nothing like that.... your title is really perfect for it.
Very good sharpness and POV.
rhizomes (15343) 2007-03-19 12:36
Very strange architecture but very interesting too ! This white temple is impressive.
Mawa (6) 2007-03-30 11:42
Well balanced colors between the sky, the green vivid lawn and the unusual white temple.
I would like to see it in moonlight if I ever visit.
Your photos are very good picture guides for travelling in Thailand. One of the best Thailand photo collections I've seen.
And thank for your suggestions for the french lavender fields.
chirasak (2) 2008-06-18 8:08
you have took very beautiful picture more than mine i like this side view, this look really great
wishnugaruda (1305) 2010-01-31 13:02
I must tell you ... I also visited this wonderful place last year, it was so amazing.
The architecture is so impressive, I love it.
Have you also seen the signs don't smoke and don't drink, crazy with the skulls.
I have them on TL today ...
Thanks for your wonderful shot of this ice-temple,
greetings to you my friend from the snowy Germany
Sabine - wishnugaruda