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Tourist's Shock At Buddhist Temple In Thailand Which Has A Mural Of Planes Hitting The Twin Towers

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A mural in a Thai temple has been criticised as 'totally inappropriate' for depicting the 9/11 terrorist attacks alongside comic book characters and celebrities.


The White Temple at Chiang Rai is the bizarre pet project of controversial Thai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat


As well as depicting planes flying into the Twin Towers, the mural at Chiang Rai features fictional characters such as Spiderman and Harry Potter, celebrities like Michael Jackson, as well as fighter jets and spaceships.


The huge painting appears opposite a wall featuring a large Buddha and traditional Buddhist statues.


Photography inside the temple is forbidden, but one tourist managed to take this picture using a camera phone.


The 31-year-old insurance broker from Nottingham, who did not want to be named, said: 'The whole place is very strange. There's a pit full of hands and skulls outside that looks like something from the Walking Dead.


'Inside I was shocked to see a painting of planes flying into the Twin Towers. I just think it's totally inappropriate.'





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Wat Phai Rong Wua – Thai Hell on Earth



Wat Phai Rong Wua has to be one of the most bizarre tourist attractions on the face of the Earth. Featuring scenes of torture, performed by devilish creatures, this Buddhist temple complex is what Thais expect hell to be like.


Mostly unkown to the Western world, Wat Phai Rong Wua is a popular destination for Buddhists, who flock here every year. Known as the location of the largest metal-cast Buddha figure in the world, and of the Palace of a Hundred Spires, Wat Phai Rong Wua also houses dozens of sculptures of people being tortured by demons and various monsters. Some are poked in the face with a tridents, while others suffer, with their insides hanging out, in the jaws of giant monsters. There’s blood everywhere and loudspeakers around the complex describe the tortures these sinners have to undergo.


Wat Phai Rong Wua doesn’t strike you as the kind of place you’d want to take your children, on a family vacation, but Thais from all over the country travel here, with their kids, to show them what can happen if they don’t say their prayers, or do bad deeds. Seems pretty weird, doesn’t it? I guess that’s why you hardly see any westerners around this place.






Dark Tourism: Buddhist Hell Garden, Thailand




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