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Wat Latthiwan 

Wat Latthiwan

Wat Latthiwan is far from everywhere! We would not have come across it, but we know almost the entire village where the temple is located. It is a great example of a local temple in a rice farmer's village in Isan. Very quiet. Not rich. No golden chedi's or statues, but rich in the hearts and minds of people!  Elephants are visible everywhere here as the village of the temple is Ban Kam Sang Chang (Chang standing for Elephant).

Like with so many temples in Thailand we are shocked to learn that the old wooden Buddha image from this temple has been stolen in December 2008. We just visited the abbot in January 2009 and learned about it. The Buddha image has been at this temple since it opened 88 years ago and it is believed to be almost 100 years old. It is a devastating learning for the local farmers who come to pray to their Buddha image. On this page we had refrained from putting up a picture of the Buddha since we were afraid something like this might happen when people see a picture of it. We are actively supporting the temple and the police to find the image and /or at least make it harder to sell it on the market. See: Stolen Buddha image from Wat Latthiwan. 

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