On January 29, 2008 my aunt Kian went to Wat That Luang to take some photos for me. During my visit to Laos last year I didn’t get a chance to visit the place during the day time because my parents didn’t want to go there and didn’t make time for us to be in the area either. I had to beg for my aunt to make a stop at Wat That Luang on our way back from Tha Ngon in the early evening. Wat That Luang is very special to me because I grew up in the area and my former house was a few minutes walk down the street from the 4-ways intersection. My elementary school was right across from Wat That Luang as well.
I felt happy and sad at the same time to see these photos. Happy because I had a chance to see the photos of the inside of Wat That Luang. I used to help clearing the ground, picking up leaves and cleaning the worship altar for years. It’s heartbreaking to see how Wat That Luang has deteriorated to this state with not so pretty and cracking spots.