Wat Rong Khun is beyond repair

National artist and constructor of Wat Rong Khun or the White Temple Chalermchai Kositpipat said Tuesday that the temple is now beyond repair and may be left as a monument for the world to remember its past glory.

Ajarn Chalermchai expressed his deep regret for the damage caused by what he called “the nature” after the temple was again struck by two aftershocks following the major 6.3 magnitude quake at 6.08 p.m. Monday night.

He said at first he thought the temple could be repaired back to normal but the two aftershocks brought down his hope as it now was beyond his capability to bring it back to normal.

He said the mural paintings which took him almost his lifetime to create on the wall and ceiling were gone with the collapse of the wall and ceiling.

“It was the masterpiece of the art work that was created and could not be created again as I had devoted to creating it in almost 20 years.”

He said the temple could be rebuilt but it would not be the same as the art work he devoted his life to create could never be made.

He said he was now old enough to spend another 20 years to create.

“Everything is finished and I may leave the temple, a world’s masterpiece, to remain as it is now for the latter generation to remember.”

He said he did not want any government organisation to lend a helping to reconstruct it because he is the sort of a peron who never depends on other’s hands.

He said he did not want any assistance as he did not want interference, or listen to order if he accepted the assistance.

He said he would like to leave the temple as a monument for visitors to remember its glorious past as now it was beyond repair.