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George McCarten | profile | all galleries >> On the Road >> The Mekong River Valley >> A Tale of Two Temples tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

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.
xiengkhuan43.jpg buddhas of the forest.jpg recline.jpg at peace.jpg watstrnge4a.jpg
trident.jpg Khaek19.jpg xiengkhuan12.jpg staff.jpg buddha park.jpg
watstrnge10.jpg xiengkhuan19.jpg Khaek30.jpg xiengkhuan36.jpg sala keo kou.jpg
benevolence.jpg buddha park.jpg xiengkhuan54.jpg Watgek41.jpg benign.jpg
wat gek.jpg Khaek11.jpg xiengkhuan31.jpg Khaek14.jpg Khaek5.jpg
Khaek42.jpg xiengkhuan46.jpg xiengkhuan42.jpg buddhas.jpg Khaek34.jpg
Khaek7.jpg Watgek28.jpg Smokey.jpg