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Wat Khili, Luang Prabang

Wat Khili, Luang Prabang, Laos

Wat Khili is situated opposite Wat Xieng Thong and next door to Wat Si Boun Houang. The first picture in this set is of the 2-story white stucco French colonial style monks quarters attached to this wat.

What I love most about this wat are the colorful tree of life mosaics on the red front of the sim. The sim at Wat Khili is painted red with gold columns. The roof finials at the top and the ends of the gables are sweeping representations of nagas.

Wat Khili, itself, has four square red columns with a large gold wheel of life on the gable and 2 matching wheels between the columns. This wat was, according to Ancient Luang Prabang by Denise Haywood, built by Chao Kham Sattha in a style reminiscent of temples found in the mountains close to the Plain of Jars in Xieng Kouang province where he came from, reinstating the relationship between there and Luang Prabang.