Photo: Pak Ou caves.

Wat Manorom

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Today, Wat Manorom (also known as Wat Mano) is best known for housing one of Laos’ oldest Buddha images, a two-tonne, armless bronze statue dating from 1372.


Photo of Wat Manorom

The story goes that the statue lost its arm during furious fighting between the French and Thai armies during the colonial days, and after matters settled down the French nicked the arms. Ever since then the statue has had to make do with concrete prosthetics, and they’re not a great fit.

This temple is well away from the normal tourist route and its large population of resident monks will appreciate the opportunity for some English conversation.


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