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‘Luang Prabang - Wat Xieng Thong Sim and Tripitaka Library’


This is the photo of Wat Xieng Thong Sim in Luang Prabang that I wanted to show Gert and all of you of course.

Gert visited this temple complex in 1973 and showed us before this picture: https://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Asia/Laos/North/Louangphabang//photo931725.htm
At the time of his visit several outer walls still had a beautiful red colour which has since faded strongly.
Last year I could still find the original vibrant red colour on some interior walls but no longer on the exterior.

In the WS you can also clearly notice the difference.
WS1 shows the Tree of Life on an outside wall of the sim (the central shrine hall), already with faded colours.
The photo in WS2 was taken inside one of the structures and still has the vibrant red colour.
If I'm not mistaken, this photo shows a wall inside the building that houses a large chariot. Gert called it the 'garage'.

My main photo was taken roughly where Malgo took in 2003 her previously shown picture named ‘Red Chapel’. That 'Red Chapel' is not in my picture. It is located slightly more to the right.
Besides the Wat Xieng Thong Sim with the Tree of Life my picture also shows a structure called the ‘Tripitaka Library’.
Historically this smaller building served as a storehouse for the Tripitaka (the sacred texts of Buddhism that are divided into three sections known as baskets).
While the wat has been built in1559 and 1560, it is believed that the Tripitaka was built more recently: in 1828.

I have noticed that some photos on the internet (not on TE) are confusing the Red Chapel and the Tripitaka Library ...

And then there remains one more mystery to me.
Gert's old photo from 1973 shows the Wat Xieng Thong Sim (in the middle), the Red Chapel (on the right) and a part of a third building (on the left) that cannot be anything but the Tripitaka Library.
At least according to the plan of the temple complex, to be consulted at: https://www.orientalarchitecture.com/sid/454/laos/luang-prabang/wat-xieng-thong

BUT … in Gert's photo, the exterior walls of this building have no decorations at all !
The Tripitaka Library was built in 1828. I’ve seen it one year ago in December 2019. But in 1973 the walls were grey and without decorations. Have a look at Gert’s picture.
That brings me to the question: Gert, what did you do with that building in 1973???

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  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6774 W: 24 N: 16009] (62746)
  • Genre: Luoghi
  • Medium: Colore
  • Date Taken: 2019-12-16
  • Esposizione: 30 secondi
  • Versione Foto: Versione Originale, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2020-12-10 15:24
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