Warning!! This post contains images that some may find inappropriate. They are located near the end of this post. Proceed with caution.
I took a tour while visiting Chiang Mai that included the White Temple, Blue Temple and Black Museum. The tour is a full day with most of the time spent driving there and back as Chiang Rai, where the temples are located, is about 3.5 hours away. My very good friend insisted that I take the trip out to the White Temple as it is her favorite temple in the area. I was so glad I listened because neither the White or Blue Temples are like any other temples I have ever seen!!
Let's start with the White Temple. The outside is meant to represent hell and the inside represents heaven. You are not allowed to take photos inside, but honestly the outside is the most impressive part. The temple was restored and funded by a famous artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat. He paid for all of the restoration with his own money and continues to make improvements to it to this day.It was opened in 1997 and contains many references to modern day pop culture. It is spectacular!! See for yourself:
The gold building above is the bathroom.
This building is a gift shop.
I'm sure the temple is even more impressive when the sky is blue. I was there during burning season so the sky was smoke colored. The Blue Temple looked great against the crappy air quality backdrop. Speaking of...
The Blue Temple's art was created by a student of the artist who created the White Temple. It is a new temple and definitely feels fresh. From the positioning of the art to how the Buddha is lit, it is a modern take on the ancient temple style. It also reminded me of a Mermaid having a dream of a Buddhist Temple.
HERE ARE THE PHOTOS I WARNED YOU ABOUT! Turn back now if you don't like art containing dicks!
Now that we have gotten rid of the prudes, let's look at some inappropriate art! These pieces were all at the Black Museum also known as the Black Temple. It is not really a museum or temple in the traditional sense, but more like grounds where and artist kept his work. There are lots of outside areas to explore and only one real building that serves as a museum space. I know you guys are just here for dicks, so without further ado...
There is lots of less scandalous things here too:
That's me in the Game of Thrones chair with my mask around my neck. Sometimes you have to risk bad air quality for a good photo :)
What do you think? Would you go 3+ hours out of your way to see these things?