The White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) & Khun Kon Falls

Trip Start Nov 08, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, December 4, 2009

We decided not to venture far because of our long ride the day before.  Motorbike travel is hard on the back and ass after a while, and the stream of truck exhaust isn't kind to the lungs.  So we just went about 10 km out of town to a newer wat that is known for being all white and very different from traditional architecture.  It has been unkindly called "a wedding cake on fire," but I thought it was pretty cool.  It was insanely bright and reflected light in a way that singed my retinas, but looking at it through sunglasses made it less painful. 

We then rode to a waterfall nearby, which required a leisurely but beautiful 45-minute hike through some bamboo forest.  Again, the air was cool, and everything around there was still quite green, unlike the drained rice paddies in the low lying areas.  The waterfall itself wasn't life changing (it's no Ti Lor Su), but it was still impressive.  We're probably a little spoiled from our travels, not only in Southeast Asia, but Europe and Latin America too, but I try to always remind myself that having seen other beauty should not diminish subsequent moments.  It doesn't always work very well, but it means that I don't ever dismiss how fortunate we are to see what we see. 

Interesting note about the White Temple: the artist who created it has painted modern scenes and icons inside.  There is a painting of the planes crashing into the Twin Towers, as well as depictions of Superman, Neo from the Matrix, and I think some Transformers.  The intention is to embrace modern culture and moments instead of the traditional historical images of the Ramayana or things of that nature.  Like I said, it's an interesting temple complex. 
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