Visiting the White Temple before destruction – Chiang Rai, Thailand

One thing about travelling is that you get so many opportunities to see things and do things that you may never get to see or do again.

Even if that’s not a foreseeable outcome. 

One of the most memorable moments from my Thailand holiday was visiting the White Temple in Chiang Rai.

It was the most interesting structure to look at, from outside and from within.

Outside is intricately sculpted, unlike any other temple I’ve ever seen (It’s made that way to entice the younger generations back into religion).

The White Temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand
The White Temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Inside, there’s the magnificent Buddha, as well as a whole wall covered in a mind-blowing mural which depicts hell, and all the modern-day pleasures that can cause one to go to hell.

Look closely and you’ll see images such as superheroes, Harry Potter, and mobile phones – I’m a huge fan of all three, so I’ll see you in the fiery depths, everyone!

Unfortunately, the White Temple in Chiang Rai was severely damaged during an earthquake on the 5th of May 2014, not even two months after I had visiting.

Now it’s no longer possible to visit inside the temple, where I had stood mesmerised by this mural.

That was a real lesson for me. There’s so much to see and do in this world, and we never know how much time we have to do it.

So let’s get out there.

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