Thailand's most famous artist is Chalermchai Kositpipat, who specializes in surreal Buddhist art. His paintings are well-known to Thais and have also been shown abroad. He has received numerous awards for his art & temple murals and has done several paintings for the King of Thailand. He is best known for having built Wat Rong Khun, Thailand's most unusual temple (sometimes referred to as the "White Surreal Temple"). Rong Khun village is just south of Chiang Rai in Northern Thailand. Chalermchai grew up in the village and decided to build his temple there. In 1997, at age 42, Chalermchai began building Wat Rong Khun as a way to dedicate his life to his religion. The temple and the village have now become very famous and it is a major destination for Thais and foreign tourists from all over the world. On the temple grounds are two large art galleries that both feature Chalermchai's artistic works. Today, the temple complex is an ongoing and continuous work of surreal Buddhist art.
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