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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.
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
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