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