Published/Last edited or updated: 20th September, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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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