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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.jpg 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