white temple

Welcome to our weekly roundup of cherished news bits, coming at you via the Black Phoenix Gazette. This week’s batch:

☠ There’s no excuse for boredom when you’ve got crayons and an Occult Activity Book.

☠ An exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art theorizes about the vibrant original colors of artwork at Temple of Dendur.

☠ We swear we only read National Geographic for the articles, and not for photos of this fossil of a daddy longlegs spider with a 99 million year-old erection

☠ Overthinking Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: 9 questions you never thought to ask as a child.

☠ Cabbies in Japan are nervous about picking up ghost passengers in the area devastated by the 2011 tsunami. 

☠ On the set of The Hateful Eight, Kurt Russel accidentally smashed a priceless 145-year-old guitar on loan from the Martin Guitar Museum

☠ The John Rylands Library has brought together rare spell books, charms and alchemy books from the Middle Ages.

☠ A cup of Earl Grey sounds so civilized, unless you happen to be a brutal 18th century tea smuggler.

☠ Carpe diem! So teacheth this supercut of movie characters saying the line: ”I should have killed you when I had the chance!”


Wat Rong Khun (White Temple), Chiang Rai

Another one of those places that has been sitting in my “to visit” list for ages and I must say- it was so much more impressive in real life than I had ever imagined. All the little details, the weird fixtures outside and then the interesting painting inside the temple (no photos were allowed) make this such a fascinating and unique place.

My heart melted when back in May, when the trip was still in the planning process, i heard that the temple had been destroyed during the earthquake that affected Chiang Rai area. Originally, the temple was shut down and it was unclear if it would be reopen again. Fortunately, the artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, who designed the temple back in 1997 agreed to rebuild the temple in the next two years. Meanwhile some buildings of the temple are shut for the visitors it’s still a breathtaking place to visit.