White Temple artist upset by pose of Chinese model

“There’s a problem! Our temple always has a problem!,” said the outspoken artist of the White Temple in Chiang Rai.

Previously upset by Chinese tourists’ toilet behavior, Chalermchai Kositpipat, acclaimed national artist behind the famous Wat Rong Khun aka the White Temple, is once again upset, this time by a Chinese model posing for photos in front of the temple he designed and built.

As stunning photos of a Chinese model, who wears a white traditional Hanfu to match the beautiful temple, received recognition on both Thai and Chinese social media, Chalermchai said yesterday there is one particular photo he wouldn’t have allowed.

“There was one photo when she looks like a mother of a white snake! Crawling everywhere! That photo is ugly! So ugly!” Chalermchai said. “If I was there I wouldn’t have allowed that shot.”

Chalermchai said he was away when the model and her photographer requested to have a photoshoot at the temple, and he gave permission over the phone after his secretary explained the concept to him.

“She was beautiful. Her costume was beautiful and suited the temple, so I gave the permission” Chalermchai said. “I specifically asked them to not pose provocatively or wear revealing clothing.”

While the model did not violate any of those rules, Chalermchai said he isn’t being obstructive but only wants the best for Thailand as people from many countries have contacted him to shoot movies and take photos at the White Temple.

“I want Thai people to understand that when the photos turn out great, it brings great reputation to the country,” he said, “There shouldn’t be any elements that might offend our religion.”

In the end, Chalermchai decided to strike a few “stunning poses” himself to show future models who wish to have their photos taken at his temple how it’s done, state media reported.

Anyway, here are some more photos from the shoot.

Photos: Weibo, state media


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