Chua Mac Don

Chua Mac Don

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With the generally sedate colouring of most of Tra Vinh’s Khmer style temples, Chau Mac Don is a bit of an assault on the senses, at least the visual ones, and it worth a visit on solely that account.

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Bright colours. : Stuart McDonald.
Bright colours. Photo: Stuart McDonald

We have lemon–lime coloured pillars, yellow walls with orange–apricot edgings, blue, pink and red garudas (yes really), all with a more traditional mostly orange tiled ceiling. This is the kind of building that when you take a photo of it it automatically looks like you photoshopped it.

We’re unsure why the temple has the colour scheme it does, and it makes for a pleasant 15 minute wander through. The central shrine is likewise colourful with intricately painted roof pillars, temple stories painted on the walls and a flamboyantly painted ceiling—at least the floor is ordinary and white.

You could almost eat it. : Stuart McDonald.
You could almost eat it. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Chua Mac Don is around 3.5 km south of town on Dien Bien Phu and makes for an easy combination with a visit to Chua Hang. It is about 1.5 km to the north of the bus station.

Contact details for Chua Mac Don

Address: Dien Bien Phu, Tra Vinh. About 3.5 km south of downtown
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º20'31.41" E, 9º54'14.76" N
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Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.

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