Khmer temple Trà Vinh, Vietnam

Kompong Chray temple (banyan station), built in 1637. Once famous for its bat population. A bomb fell on the temple in 1968; the bats were scared away and haven’t returned since.

This temple in Vietnamese is called the Cave temple (chùa Hang), for its entrance design (that looks like a tunnel to me). Here’s the entrance with my rental Honda Super Cub.

Khmer temple Trà Vinh, Vietnam
Khmer temple Trà Vinh, Vietnam

Found a dog and he followed me around to pose for photos. Definitely a good model.

Khmer temple Trà Vinh, Vietnam

The temple has a sculpture club that’s won many prizes. Artisans are invited here to teach interested monks. They insisted that I go see the exhibition room (and check out the two headed calf), and it was indeed very impressive.

Khmer temple Trà Vinh, Vietnam
Khmer temple Trà Vinh, Vietnam
Khmer temple Trà Vinh, Vietnam

This buffalo would take 3 months to finish.

Suddenly heard a commotion. Some monks started picking tamarind and others came out to cheer for the picker.

Khmer temple Trà Vinh, Vietnam

Everyone was so excited. They went to all the big trees.

Khmer temple Trà Vinh, Vietnam

Of course, there’s always a loner. In this case, a dragon drawing monk:

Khmer temple Trà Vinh, Vietnam

Enjoying the fruits of their hard work. I got some too but could only take a couple of bites. They all laughed at my lack of sour tamarind eating skill.

Khmer temple Trà Vinh, Vietnam
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