Essay on Building A Temple Of His Own Design

1017 Words Dec 13th, 2016 5 Pages
Architecture is very unique in terms of how it contributes to society. Unlike the arts of painting or sculpture, architecture is something that normal people experience on a regular basis. The emotions of the architect often show through to the viewers by the way of metaphors. Many famous landmarks, either religious or secular, utilize metaphors in their forms. Religious architecture especially has been known to often depict significant levels of metaphorical signs. In Chiang Rai, Thailand, there is a temple known as Wat Rong Khun, better known by tourists as “The White Temple.” The current temple on the site in northern Thailand replaces an earlier temple that was beyond repair. A wealthy artist from the region, Chalermchai Kositpipat, took it upon himself to rebuild the temple with his own money. Rather than rebuild the temple with the original specifications, Kositpipat decided to build a temple of his own design. At first glance, visitors may not believe that this temple did not exist even twenty years ago due to its intricate designs and traditional style. Beginning in 1997, the temple also alludes to the modern world with large murals on the interior that depict the September 11th attacks, Superman, and a character from The Matrix among other things. The overall shape of the building in combination with the finer details also contributes to the overall message that the temple gives off. Kositpipat, the eccentric artist that he is, would not allow for anything in this…

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