I visited Wat Chan on December 3, 2008 and the new sim is not completed yet, might be completed by Lao New Year at the earliest, if not then it should be completed in time for the 25th SEA Games that Laos is hosting in December 2009.
Wat Chan, also known as Wat Chanthaburi was built in 1529 by the Chao Muang of Chanthaburi, one Chao Phra Nya Chanthaburi Sri Thammathailot. It was destroyed during the Siamese invasion of 1828, the temple was reconstructed several times, most recently in 1900-1910. Between 1932 and 1936 a School of Arts was established here by Uparat Prince Phetsarath with a view to raising the standard of craftsmanship amongst the Buddhist sangha. Wat Chan is noteworthy for the carved wooden panels on the exterior of the sim and for its colossal 16th-century bronze seated Buddha image. (Source)
I’m a dog person, and it’s unheard of that a dog would bark at me, but whilst I was taking picture of this Bodhi tree and the spirit house, a dog was barking, then bared his teeth and growling at me. I thought if I stood still for a bit, it might go away, but the longer I stay, the aggressive he got, then his friends joined in. Of course, I then took off running, thinking back now, their barks don’t bother me, but if they started to howling, then it really would.