Day 09: Hanging Temples

Literally translated as “Temple Suspended in the Void”, the structure clings on to the side of a sheer cliff face at an incredible height. Historically, the previous temples on the site were periodically destroyed by the flooding of the Heng river. Hence the re-appropriation to the construction of the current temple, built higher and higher each time to avoid the floods.

The temple is a spectacular piece of construction, with the natural caves and ledges as well as wooden facades resting on thin timber columns.
The flooding has now been controlled by a dam built upstream. Still visible on site next to the temple, it’s an arresting site of contemporary construction along side the traditional heritage.

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