It looks like something from heaven, or perhaps from a Salvador Dali painting — or even some weird cross between the two.
But nope, this is an actual real place in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand. The Buddhist temple called Wat Rong Khun is better known as the White Temple. While you may be hoping it’s some ancient mystery built over 1,000 years ago, but it was actually designed in just 1997 by Thai visual artist Chalermchai Kositpipat.
The beautiful building was nearly destroyed by an earthquake in May of this year. Luckily, Kositpipat was inspired to rebuild the parts of the temple that were destroyed following an international outpour of support and cash. It seems people across the world appreciate the bizarre majesty of the White Temple.
Nowadays, many of the buildings are closed to visitors while they repair structural issues, but the entire temple is open for visitors from the outside. If you’re a photographer, or seeking some sort of spiritual inspiration, the White Temple may be exactly what you need for your next vacation.
For more info on visiting the temple, visit thaipbs.or.th. But until you book your flight to Thailand, you can scroll through the photos above and just imagine what it’s like.