Here we are ready to depart from our Chiang Rai Guest House.
Saturday started out with a visit to the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun). The temple was designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat. Filled with religious and historical significance, the all white temple honors the purity of the Lord Buddha. This is still a work in progress, the finished temple is expected to include nine buildings over approximately three acres and be completed in 2070. Not sure we can hold on long enough to see the completion.
Following the White Temple, we stopped at the Good Shepherd Sisters Girls’ Home. Bill is involved with many of the Good Shepherd Sisters Homes throughout SE Asia. Upon arrival, we were greeted by all 50+ girls, the staff, and many of the parents from the neighboring villages.
After touring their facilities, the resident girls from the Larhu, Leeshu, Arkar and Karen hill tribes performed their native dances for us in their traditional costumes. It may take a while to learn all the right moves, but it sure was fun being able to dance along with a few of the easier steps.
Later we taught them the Chicken Dance and the Hokey Pokey! We also enjoyed singing “Together We Can Change The World” along with some other fun sing-alongs from each of the cultures.