@carl669 Your pictures were lovely. I like your posting when drunk threads. Here’s a little gift for you (I’m sorry, it’s not my photo, it’s one I saved from a friend’s trip, and yes, I have friends, and it’s not from China, but it’s lovely):
It’s somewhere in Asia, and no, I don’t remember where.
@carl669 Not Jade. Note the translucence. The color is also not quite right. I’m trying to remember which temple this came from (the whole temple was amazing). I seem to recall that wasn’t just gilded; the statues behind are certainly gilt (or even just gold colored paint). It truly is a thing of beauty.
I’m trying very hard to remember what stone it was…
I have to spend most of the day shoveling snow (driveway, in front of mailbox, back deck, small front deck). Maybe I’ll get lucky, and a wind will come up so I can get some frostbite while I’m at it.
Wat Rong Khun
Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai, Thailand
By the end of the 20th century, the original Wat Rong Khun was in a bad state of repair. Funds were not available for renovation. Chalermchai Kositpipat, a local artist from Chiang Rai, decided to completely rebuild the temple and fund the project with his own money. To date, Chalermchai has spent THB40 million of his own money on the project. The artist intends for the area adjacent to the temple to be a center of learning and meditation and for people to gain benefit from the Buddhist teachings. Kositpipat considers the temple to be an offering to Lord Buddha and believes the project will give him immortal life. Today the works are ongoing, but are not expected to be completed until 2070. Admission to the wat compound is free for Thais and THB50 for foreigners. Donations are accepted, but are not to exceed THB10,000, as Chalermchai refuses to be influenced by big donors.
On 5 May 2014 at 18:08 (local time), the temple was damaged by the earthquake in Mae Lao that struck the province. It was closed indefinitely. Chalermchai said on 6 May that he would demolish the structures for safety reasons and would not rebuild it.
On May 7, after an engineering expert team inspected and affirmed that all buildings in the compound were structurally unharmed by the quake, Chalermchai announced that he would restore the temple to its original beauty in two years and promised to devote his life to the work. He also announced that the temple area will be open to visitors from the afternoon of 8 May. The gallery building opened shortly thereafter. But for some buildings, specifically, ubosot itself, visitors are only allowed to take pictures outside.