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Although it’s built in the style of a Buddhist temple, Wat Rong Khun is actually a privately owned art exhibit in the northern Thai province of Chiang Rai. The White Temple, as it’s also known to foreigners, has been open since 1997 after local artist Chalermchai Kositpipat decided to redesign and rebuild the original temple on the site and turn it into a center for meditation and learning of Buddhist teachings. The compound is still being built, but by 2070, nine buildings will stand in total. Today, one can observe all sorts of Buddhist symbolism and jaw-dropping white carvings on statues and buildings.