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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.
Khaek14.jpg at peace.jpg Khaek34.jpg recline.jpg Khaek19.jpg
benign.jpg Watgek28.jpg Smokey.jpg wat gek.jpg watstrnge4a.jpg
sala keo kou.jpg buddhas.jpg staff.jpg Watgek41.jpg watstrnge10.jpg
xiengkhuan54.jpg Khaek42.jpg Khaek7.jpg xiengkhuan36.jpg xiengkhuan42.jpg
Khaek5.jpg benevolence.jpg buddhas of the forest.jpg trident.jpg xiengkhuan31.jpg
xiengkhuan19.jpg buddha park.jpg buddha park.jpg xiengkhuan12.jpg Khaek30.jpg
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