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Buddhist Temple Design Inspired By Superman, Spiderman, Batman, And Keanu Reeves

by • January 17, 2011 • Design, SpiritualityComments (7)3247

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Yesterday I came across the strangest temple I have ever seen in my entire life.  It’s the Wat Rong Khun buddhist temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand.  The sanctuary was conceived by acclaimed Thai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, and is of such staggering complexity that it is estimated the building will need almost 100 more years to complete its construction.

Designed in white with some use of mirrors, the color symbolizes Lord Buddha’s purity, and the mirror stands for Lord Buddha’s wisdom that “shines brightly all over the Earth and the Universe.”  The bridge leading to the temple represents the crossing over from the cycle of rebirth to the Abode Of Buddha. The small semicircle before the bridge embodies the human world. The big circle with fangs is the mouth of Rahu and representats hell, suffering, and the impurities of the human mind (similar to the Christian concept of original sin).  All of the paintings inside the ubosot (assembly hall) have golden tones. The four walls, ceiling, and floor contain paintings showing an escape from the defilements of temptation to reach a celestial “all seeing” state.  On the roof, there are four kinds of animals representing earth, water, wind and fire. The elephant stands for the earth; the naga (Buddhist grouping of serpent deities) stands for water; the swan’s wings represent wind; and the lion’s mane represents fire.

Undoubtedly the most bizarre element of the design is the presence of contemporary images throughout the interior. Images of the Predator from the Schwarzenegger film franchise, Spiderman, Batman, Superman, Avatar, Keanu Reeves’ character in the Matrix, rocket ships, and many others line the walls of the sanctuary. The sea of hands holding skulls rising up towards the bridge to the temple is also very striking.

NOTE TO KEANU REEVES: How amazing would it be if you were to set THIS UPCOMING FILM PROJECT of yours at the Wat Rong Khun temple?!  Just a thought.

Photo 1 by Angelika & Jan, Photo 2 by Chroma Neko, Photo 3 by Eggers47, Photo 4 by Jean-Marc / Jhon-John / Jo BeLo, Photo 5 by Harebeat, Photo 6 by Shooome

Source: Wikipedia

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7 Responses to Buddhist Temple Design Inspired By Superman, Spiderman, Batman, And Keanu Reeves

  1. [...] FEELGuide says the mural includes images of The Predator, Spider-Man, Batman and others, but these are the only pictures I’ve been able to find. It’s interesting that Brandon Routh is enshrined within a Buddhist temple; maybe he can take solace in that while they hire someone else to play Superman in the next film. via Boing Boing Like It, Stumble It, Reddit     Tags AvatarBuddhismFeaturedHit The RoadNeoSupermanThe MatrixTravel [...]

  2. [...] following is from an entry at Feelguide.com about the Wat Rong Khun buddhist temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand: Designed in white with some use of [...]

  3. [...] Thailand ist mit Wat Rong Khun der wohl ungewöhnlichste Buddhisten Tempel der Neuzeit entstanden mit Superman, Keanu Reaves, dem Predator, …. Designed in white with some use of mirrors, the color symbolizes Lord Buddha’s purity, and the [...]

  4. [...] how Brent Lambert from FEELGuide sums up Wat Rong Khun: All of the paintings inside the ubosot (assembly hall) have golden tones. [...]

  5. [...] how Brent Lambert from FEELGuide sums up Wat Rong Khun: All of the paintings inside the ubosot (assembly hall) have golden tones. [...]