Whereas all other Thai temples (Wats) are extremely colurful the White Temple is exactly what it says it is....white! This effect is due to a 'combination of whitewash and clear -mirrored chips' giving an impression of 'glittering porcelain'. This temple's construction began in 1997 and is due to continue for some time yet as the artist/architect Chalermchai Kositpipat incorporates more of the world's 'events' into his murals and paintings as they unfold.
I know art is very much to an Individual's taste etc but the paintings inside Chalermchai's on-site studio are nothing short of brilliant if at times inventively futuristic. I bought a couple of prints for the house...with the orginals selling in the region of $6,000! He is an extremely productive artist with a lot of work on display and the funds he raises are used to develop his masterpiece, the Temple itself which is a incredible and gigantic work of art.
So...if you get to Chiang Rai...this is a 'must see' and invites an opposite and stunning artisitic stance within the framework of the traditional Thai temple.