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The KHMER (ethnic Cambodians) have a long history in the Mekong Delta, dating back to even before the ethnic Vietnamese people arrived there. In southern Vietnam, in the Mekong Delta in particular, there still is a sizeable Khmer community, especially in Tra Vinh and Soc Trang, but also in and around Can Tho.

Khmer pagoda's feature lots of gold and typical Theravada decorations. There are two Khmer pagoda's in Can Tho: the Munireangsey Pagoda on Hoa Binh Street, which has been around since 1945, and a newer one, which is called the Chùa Khmer Pitu Khôsa Răngsây near the city lake.

Both Khmer pagodas are usually very welcoming for visitors. Often you will find an English speaking monk or an elderly believer willing to show you around.

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THIS PICTURE shows the inner sanctum of the Pitu Khôsa Răngsây pagoda. This very small room all the way in the top of the pagoda is usually kept locked. But if you're lucky, you might find a willing monk or devotee to open it for you.

Inside is the treasury (a collection of small buddha statues) and the library, of which this is a picture. Not easy to get a good picture inside such a small room, though.

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In the WORKSHOP you can find a close-up of one of those books and a friendly finger pointing out some linguistic quirks.

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Additional Photos by Benny Verbercht (BennyV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2802 W: 35 N: 5670] (30234)
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