If you ever travel to Thailand, the Wat Rong Khun temple in the Chiang Rai province should definitely be on your list of places to visit.
Though the original structure wasn't much to look at around the end of the 20th century, local artist Chalermchai Kositpipat used his own money to renovate it into the stunning piece of architecture that still stands today since opening to the public in 1997. Although the contemporary Buddhist temple was intended to be a place of worship and an offering to Buddha himself, it has some decidedly creepy features.
When you first walk up to the structure, you'll understand why it is also known as the White Temple.
I'm sure we can all agree that it's beyond gorgeous.
That is, until you explore it a little more and find the terrifying bridge of "the cycle of rebirth," which is meant to be the way to happiness.
Hundreds of unsettling hands symbolize unrestrained desire and the endless cycle that happens to those who give in to temptation and greed.
It looks as if they are lost souls doomed to a fate of constantly reaching for something better.
Even after walking the span of the bridge and reaching "the gate to heaven," you end up coming face-to-face with two scary guardians who are meant to decide the fate of the deceased.
The guardians aren't the only freaky statues the temple has to offer. You can find them all over the place.
It's very obvious what messages some of them aim to get across.
One of the rules of Buddhism is to not partake in alcohol or drugs, as they cloud the mind.
Inside the temple hangs this disturbing painting, which features Western icons from television, movies, and the internet that can also be considered "drugs" that separate us from reality.
Though it is undeniably a bit creepy, I find this place to be really cool. And the best part? It is still under construction and isn't expected to be finished until 2070!
Can you imagine what other delightfully scary additions will be made in that span of time? I can't wait to find out, and I seriously hope that I'll be able to see them for myself one day.