Wat Ong Teu
Monk's ResidenceThe sleepy city of Vientiane gets part of it's charm from the many wats (temples) found throughout the city. While the wats themselves are wonderfully intricate and stunning, I find myself curious about what goes on behind those walls that we don't see, the inner life of monk-hood, the precious care and respect for the structures, statues and grounds. As I dined at a restaurant along a small street behind Wat Ong Teu, I could look up at this monk's residence to get a small glimpse into that life. From another building a monk peered out a window back at me but I didn't have the nerve or disrespect to snap a photo of him. One thing you learn in this sacred environment is a sense of reverence that we as outsiders sometimes forget.