Wednesday, May 07, 2014

White Temple another earthquake victim

This morning, I read about an earthquake that occurred in Chiang Rai, destroying many homes, temples, and infrastructure in the area. Wat Rong Khun, otherwise known as the White Temple, was one famous victim of this weekend's earthquake. Its architect and artist, Chalermchai Kositpipa, has been working on this his masterpiece since 1996. In 2010, I visited this most unusual, almost surrealistic temple complex, blogging about it. Both the exterior, grounds, and interior were being executed with great care. Unfortunately, photography inside was not permitted. According to the Phuket News, the temple's main structure has sustained significant damage. Large cracks have further widened during aftershocks, and some portions of the murals have come off. It seems that the artist may decide to discontinue this labor of love and leave it as a testament in a more ruined state. I do hope that the damage is less significant than originally assessed, with Kositpipa and his helpers able to complete this major touristic attraction and see his goal finished.

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