Contemplative Culture of the Khmer

In Mekong Delta, it is estimated that there are about 500 temples of the Khmer. The most well-known temples in Southern area are Vam Ray temple (Tra Vinh), Bat temple (Soc Trang), S’Doach Chop temple (Tri Ton, An Giang), etc.

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S’Doach Chop temple– An Giang

Most of Khmer temples are museums of finely carve art. Stable and majestic temples are considered a center of religion, education and culture. The temple is outstanding with the main building- a building with many floors, golden curved roof, and finely carved statues.

There is no sound of bell and wooden gong in the temple. It is daily cared and a place for contemplatives practice.

Contemplative custom has long been in the traditional culture and belief of Khmer people in the Southern region. Typically, each temple has at least 5-10 contemplatives, or may up to 60-70 ones who come here to study and practice.

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