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Wat Ong Teu

Vientiane, Laos

Wat Ong Teu was built in the early 16th century by King Setthathirath, but destroyed when the Siamese razed the city in 1827-1828. It was then rebuilt in the 19th and 20th centuries and now holds an important position as the national centre of Buddhist studies.

The temple is quite colourful, with bright yellow and red accents. Enter the sim and the PhraOngteu, its namesake large bronze Buddha, dominates in a serenely seated bhumisparsa mudra “earth witness” posture, signifying the moment just before he attained enlightenment. Though the temple is not the most spectacular, its central downtown location makes it a convenient place to go for a meditative stroll.

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