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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.
Khaek34.jpg sala keo kou.jpg Watgek41.jpg Khaek30.jpg Khaek5.jpg
Khaek19.jpg benevolence.jpg trident.jpg Khaek42.jpg xiengkhuan19.jpg
wat gek.jpg buddha park.jpg Watgek28.jpg xiengkhuan43.jpg buddhas of the forest.jpg
staff.jpg watstrnge4a.jpg buddha park.jpg at peace.jpg Khaek7.jpg
watstrnge10.jpg Khaek14.jpg xiengkhuan36.jpg Smokey.jpg xiengkhuan12.jpg
Khaek11.jpg recline.jpg xiengkhuan31.jpg benign.jpg xiengkhuan46.jpg
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