23.4.11: Wat Rong Khun (White temple) & Golden Triangle

At around 9.30 am, we arrived at Wat Rong Khun (White temple). It was an impressive looking temple in white and construction began in 1997. 

There were glass mirrors embedded onto the walls, and we were warned not to go too close or touch the sides, lest the mirrors get chipped off. Not all the walls were completed yet and I guess, it would take several more years for it to be completed.

Even the fishes were whitish gold. 
A sea of hands
A lady putting some coins into the bowl
According to wikipedia about Wat Rong Khun, the bridge leading to the temple represents the crossing over from the cycle of rebirth to the Abode of Buddha.

Inside the temple, there were interesting large mural paintings. It was intricately painted, which took several years. An artist was busy at work painting a part of the wall. Were weren't allowed to photograph the inside of the temple. There were several interesting and modern images painted on the walls: Spiderman, Batman, Keanu Reeves, Bumblebee Transformer, and even Osama Bin Laden's face.

This golden building is actually the toilet
Many toilets
Visitors need to change into the slippers provided before entering the toilet
At the gift shop, I bought a large printed painting of the Buddha for 500 baht. I was given a nice cardboard cylinder container to keep it in.
We bought coconut ice-cream. Delicious!
After that, we hopped onto the van. We passed the Chiang Sean archaeological site, but hadn't had time to stop there. The van stopped at The Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai for a picture first, before heading for lunch. This is the site where Thailand meets Laos and Myanmar - thus called, The Golden Triangle.

Lunch was at The Border View Restaurant at The Imperial Golden Triangle Resort at the Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai.
The view from outside the restaurant

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