White Temple and Black House
The White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) and Black House (Baan Dam) are located in Chiang Rai, Thailand, and are both extremely unique and fascinating. It is easy to compare the White Temple and The Black House, as they are eerily similar but different at the same time. The locals refer to these two places as Heaven and Hell.
The White Temple was actually created by the apprentice of Thuwan Duchanee, the artist who built the Black House. The temple is like a stunning white vision of heaven. Chalermchai Kositpipat designed the temple to be a contemporary work of art with Buddhist and Hindu influences. The inside is now open after months of being shut down due to the earthquake. Inside on the walls there are many pop culture references, including the Matrix, Micheal Jackson, Kung Fu Panda, Freddy Kreugur.
Although the White Temple is more popular for tourists, I preferred the Black House. It feels hidden and mysterious, and has a much darker vibe. It was almost deserted when we arrived. Entering the musty house full of animal pelts, skins, and weird chambers morbidly fascinated me. I can’t quite explain the feeling of that place-it is something that must be experienced for yourself. It is one of the most bizarre and innovative works of art that I have seen, and being there was truly surreal.