Around the World Series: Wat Xieng Thong – A Buddhist temple in Laos

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Wat Xieng Thong is one of the most impressive Buddhist temples in Laos, located on the northern tip of the peninsula of Luang Phrabang. It was built in 1560 by King Setthathirath.

 

It has an incredible history: it is one of the few survivors of an attack by the Black Flag Army in 1887,  a mercenary anti-colonial army who entered the city to pillage.

 

The temple was spared because one of the leaders of the attack, Deo Van Tri, had studied there to be a monk when he was young. This was his headquarters during the attack to Luang Phrabang .

 

Over the years, several restorations have taken place and nowadays it is one of the most important monasteries in Laos.

 

Photos by Nicolás Sueldo.

 

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