Chalermchai Kositpipat, a visual artist and designer, created the masterpiece back in 1997 as a little peace of heaven on earth.
It took far more than one year to create the temple, in fact, people worked for well over a decade to make the place just right.
Details are found everywhere, including sculptures, painted walls, and ceilings, and even bathrooms are adorned in signature style.
On May 5, 2014, the force of an earthquake in Mae Lao turned parts of the pearly temple into piles of rubble.
This did not sit well with the people of his hometown, they were up in arms and wanted more than anything for Kositpipat to restore the work of art.
Thankfully, it didn’t take much convincing for Kositpitpat to change his mind, already the renovations are underway.
The temple was built by the millionaire designer completely out of his own pocket. He never asked for any Government supplements or public donations.
Inside and out there are many detailed works of art, that take artists years to craft. When much of the work was destroyed by the earthquake, Kositpipat admits he and his team shed tears over the lost work.
Some Buddhist visitors make offerings to the sea of outstretched hands as they cross the bridge. The hands are a representation of the cycle of death and rebirth.
Kositpipat wants all of the repairs to be exactly as the originals were. He doesn’t care how long it takes to ensure the work is completed just as perfectly now as it was before.
Certain parts of the temple are still undergoing renovations due to earthquake damage and remain off-limits. Once all of the proper structural repairs are complete the temple will once again reopen all doors.
The bridge pictured above leads to the main temple hall.
What a perfect Buddhist retreat. I’m feeling more zen just looking at these photos!
Source: Earth Porn