The Thailand is an amazing country that involves temples all more incredible than each other. Today, we invite you to discover a temple like no other photographed by the Bulgarian artist Alex Kovacheva.
The "Wat Rong Khun", better known as "White temple of Thailand", is without a doubt one of the most fascinating from this country that has an ancient history and a strong identity. Its creator, Chalermchai Kostpipat, just wanted to create the most beautiful temple in the world. And even though beauty is only a subjective notion, it is still one of the most intriguing for the simple reason that this temple seems to be the perfect compromise between the vision of Heaven and Hell.
According to the photographer Alex KovachevaThe first time you enter this temple, you are first confronted with a group of desperate hands. A kind of "Horrible pit" reminding Hell and which echoes human desires and desires according to Buddhism. But once you've crossed this bridge over Hell, you're greeted by statues that echo the guardians of heaven ... and Paradise. And there is a symbolic behind this path, because crossing the "Bridge of Hell" to the "Paradise" echoes the Buddhist path to enlightenment.
Inside the temple, you can find many modern cultural references associated with traditional Buddhist images. A real culture shock that finally marries pretty well. It must be said that the life of the creator of the temple, Chalermchai Kositpipat, strongly influencedthe architecture of this temple. Born in Chiang RaiHe graduated from a traditional Thai art school. His art is considered controversial because it mixes the symbols of modern culture and the traditional art of the country. He lived all his life at Sri Lanka and London selling his art and making exhibitions in Europe and in Asia.
When he finally acquired enough resources to work on his own project, he returned to Thailand and decided to destroy the temple Wat Rong Khun to rebuild it with his own vision. A colossal project that required more thana million dollarss, and unfortunately, the temple was damaged in 2014 suitesan earthquake in Chiang Mai.
After this historical parenthesis which nevertheless allows to better appreciate the work, we propose you to discover below the pictures of this unique temple in the world, a real architectural bridge between Hell and heaven. And of course, you can also go to the Instagram account of the photographer Alex Kovacheva to discover all of his projects.
Imagined by: Alex Kovacheva