We love those Bayonish faces
Published/Last edited or updated: 20th September, 2018
If you’re in Tra Vinh just a short time and lack your own transport, the attractive and calming Chua Ong Met is set amongst a mixed stand of palms and shade trees and is a classic Khmer-style pagoda that wouldn’t be at all out of place anywhere in Cambodia.
The red-ochre four-faced Bayon style pedestals dotted through the grounds are a bit of a peculiarity—not something we’ve seen elsewhere—and while they clash with the otherwise sedate setting, they are photogenic.
Best visited in the late afternoon, just before the sun dips behind the tall trees around the complex, the warm rays really bring out the yellow in the buildings and the pretty two–tone blue doors. We also love the decorative arches and the wooden shuttered barred windows.
Within the main enclosure also note the beautiful, cool under foot, floor tiles, the Khmer script running along the base of the murals and the super-solid wooden columns holding the roof up. Allow perhaps 20 to 30 minutes for a wander.
As you’re in the area, right next door is Tra Vinh Cathedral. While it is an active church, the gates have been locked on each of our visits to Tra Vinh—perhaps you’ll have more luck. You’ll find Chua Ong Met on the western side of Le Loi. Walk north—you can’t miss it.
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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