As I passed, Wat Mano, this morning on the way to work, I noticed a swarm of Novices up bamboo scaffolding busy painting the temple.
Wat Manorom, known as Wat Mano, was built to inter the ashes of King Samsenthai (1373-1416) so it is one of the oldest sites in town and quite a large complex.
Wat Mano houses one of Laos’ oldest Buddha images. The statue, originally
The statue also suffered damage in the conflict between France and Thailand; the French are blamed for stealing its arms. In 1971, the wat was rebuilt and the armless statue repaired with cement and gold leaf. Today, Wat Mano boasts a large sim (congregational hall) and one of the town’s larger schools in the temple system.