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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Phu Phek, That Phanom, The Buddha, Khmer and Asalha Puja

from the museum at That Phanom













So the Buddha tells Kassapa about building That Phanom, in what is now Nakhon Phanom Province, from a hilltop in what is now Sakon Nakhon Province and a Khmer ruin on a hilltop in the middle of the Phu Phan Mountains


Atop Phu Phek, Buddhist Monk and Student








 I always found this connection quiet interesting a bit of confluence of Buddhism and Khmer. And when the Khmer King converted to Mahayana Buddhism the Khmer structures in Isaan had a Buddhist affiliation as opposed to their earlier Hindu.
That Phanom





So maybe I will visit That Phanom for Aslahla Puja