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Old Wat Taleow


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Here, we'll visit the ruins of an amazing and unique temple, built before 1918 and important to Buddhism in the local community until it was bombed in 1969. Today, what remains of the temple is a bullet-hole studded outer wall, bright and beautiful frescos on the inner sanctum, an area surrounded by spirit forest (including a tree so large it takes 6-7 people to circle it) and bomb craters. This temple is like no modern temple in Laos today, and is more symbolic than Wat Phou in Champasak and the temples of Bagan in Burma.


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