Photo: Alan Hood
A Thousand Words

Reaching For More

In the city of Chiang Rai, the Wat Rong Khun art exhibit is known by tourists as the White Temple. The hands reaching out from a crowded lake symbolize unrestrained desire. The bridge is a reminder that happiness is achieved by withstanding temptation, greed, and desire. When visitors enter the White Temple, they see a dramatic mural that portrays a demonic fire-tinged scene, interspersed with diverse images that include nuclear warfare, pop icon Michael Jackson and the comic book hero Spider-man. The message? People are wicked.|

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