Wat Rong Khun (known outside of Thailand simply as The White Temple) is an unconventional and beautiful sight, and is one of the most recognisable temples in Thailand.
It's located just outside the town of Chiang Rai and has an incredible three tiered roof. It's really a unique temple that stands out through the white color and the use of pieces of glass in the plaster, sparkling in the sun.
My understanding is that the white color signifies purity while the glass symbolises wisdom, meditation and learning. I hope I got it right.
The White Temple is also famous for its iconic, intricate details as well as some distinctive design elements that symbolise the way to escape from the worldly temptations, desires and greed and focus on the mind instead.
The temple was designed by a famous Thai visual artist during the Nineties and attracts a large number of visitors, both Thai and foreign.
Looking at the picture, you will not understand how many tourists visit this place every day but I can assure it gets very crowded. You may have problems to walk around and often have to mind your steps.
In case you were wondering where all those tourists were in that precise moment, they were all cueing behind me waiting for their turn to take a picture...the majority of them patiently holding their open umbrellas to avoid being cooked by the hot Thai sun.
I was dreaming about the hot Thai sun when I started this puzzle, and that's probably the reason why initially I wanted to start by putting together those pieces forming the line separating the green vegetation and the temple from the blue sky.
That was not a good idea. I quickly changed my mind, as I realised it would have not been so simple and perhaps it would have been much easier to start from the bottom (meaning the light green grass together with the dark green hedge and the light grey tarmac around the entrance to the temple).
After effortlessly completing the blue area on the bottom left I started to build my way up to the temple, the trees around it and eventually the sky.
After the Sunrise at Vistula river experiment I wanted to try again to make a 2000 pieces panoramic puzzle and this picture seemed to be a good candidate. I was right and it turned out to be a nice and rewarding challenge, slightly more difficult than the previous one.
DIMENSIONS 132,3x48 cm
I was happy with the overall quality of the printed picture this time, probably because it is brighter than the one I used for the previous panoramic experiment. Puzzle manufacturers need bright pictures to be able to offer a nice product.
Having said that, this puzzle came with some of those quality issues previously seen on the Sunrise at Vistula river one.
First of all, on few blue pieces (the water on the bottom left of the picture) several horizontal lines were clearly visible, perhaps traces of laser printing.
I really wanted to make another panoramic puzzle and got very excited about it, but once more I spotted several unexplainable vertical lines crossing multiple pieces.
On few occasions I couldn't spot those lines until I got a closer look (as they were covered by the colour of some pieces) while on the majority of cases they were clearly visible, providing an unwanted help to connect pieces.
At this point it's clear that there is an issue with the production of this particular type of puzzle. It's really a pity because this company is the only one offering the possibility to make 2000 pieces personalised panoramic puzzles but still, I would like to give this manufacturer more second chances. In this regard, it will be interesting to see how standard 1000 or 2000 pieces puzzles from the same manufacturer will look like. Perhaps this issues are only related to these panoramic puzzles.
Stay tuned for the next project Elephant life...