Wat Rong Suea Ten
Wat Rong Suea Ten
Wat Rong Suea Ten or The Blue Temple is located in Rim Khok District, Amphoe Mueang, Chiang Rai. The most captivating highlight is the ubosot which is on a construction process. The ubosot is built with Thai exquisite contemporary art from the artwork of Mr. Phuttha Khabkaew or Nok in short, the local architect of Chiang Rai that once used to be one of Prof. Chalermchai Khositpipat’s former students. Nok had been working with Prof. Chalermchai at The White Temple which its identity is white color, coupled with glass decoration. Later, he learned and adapted the techniques to his works by using blue color contrasts with golden color with fluttery design to be the uniqueness of Wat Rong Suea Ten. Particularly, the sculpture of the Great Naga stairs that are painted with the same colors reflects the difference and delicacy from other ordinary sculptures. He also adapted the techniques from Prof. Thawan Duchanee, Thai national artist in 2001, majoring in visual arts. Prof. Thawan was the establisher of Baan Dam or Black House Museum that mainly reveals the usage of animal remains to create artworks, especially, the wave in his graceful works. Nok applied the knowledge with the sanctuary indicated to celestial area which is Buddha’s commendation in both forms of painting and sculpturing. Once the visitors have kind hearts, maintaining the precepts results in concentration and the wisdom will be followed.
An interior design of the sanctuary is the Buddha’s history wall painting. The wall is colored with detailed light blue. In the center of the sanctuary, there is a pearl white Buddha image with 6.50 meters high and 5 meters long of the Buddha statue in the posture of meditation, named “Ratchmongkolbhodee Threelokkhanat Buddha Statue” with 88,000 Lamphun Phrarod amulets and properties beneath the statue. Inside the statue’s head, there is Buddha relics, received from His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch, along with the name “Ratchmongkolbhodee Threelokkhanat” which means “The Buddha is propitious, God of the King, and Supporter of three worlds.” Furthermore, the sanctuary has a large Buddha statue with the attitude of persuading the relatives not to quarrel at the back, next to “Five Ket Kaew Chulamanee relics” that has the Buddha relics from His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch with 20 meters high.