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A Tale of Two Temples

Wat Xieng Khuan and Wat Khaek lie pretty much opposite each other, the former about 40 minutes east of Vientiane in Laos, and the latter right outside the Thai city of Nongkai. Both were designed by Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat, an enigmatic yogi-priest-shaman who self-fashioned a philosophy/belief system out of Hindu and Buddhist mythology, philosophy and iconography. Wat Khaek was built after Luang Pu migrated to Thailand in 1975 after the creation of the Democratic People's Republic of Laos.
buddhas of the forest.jpg xiengkhuan54.jpg benevolence.jpg buddha park.jpg xiengkhuan31.jpg
Khaek42.jpg xiengkhuan36.jpg Khaek19.jpg Khaek7.jpg Khaek14.jpg
xiengkhuan46.jpg benign.jpg Khaek30.jpg trident.jpg Watgek41.jpg
buddha park.jpg Khaek11.jpg Khaek5.jpg Watgek28.jpg staff.jpg
watstrnge10.jpg sala keo kou.jpg xiengkhuan19.jpg recline.jpg xiengkhuan42.jpg
watstrnge4a.jpg at peace.jpg xiengkhuan12.jpg Smokey.jpg Khaek34.jpg
xiengkhuan43.jpg wat gek.jpg