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Reclining in the wrong temple

Re: "Horizontal in Vientiane", December 2.

I certainly agree with most of your statements on Vientiane as a laid-back capital, since I have visited Vientiane regularly over the past six years.

One thing, however, does not seem correct about your article: the reclining Buddha definitely does not exist in Wat Si Saket [spelled Si Sakit in the article], because there is not enough space either in the courtyard area nor around the temple compound. I also have to say that, even though I have travelled widely across Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, I have never seen this particular reclining Buddha.

As you cite the Jakarta Post as the source of the article and picture, please confirm with them where this Buddha is reclining in fact.

Martin Schatke

Hamburg, Germany

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