Wat Lao Buddhavong June 30th and July 1st Random Photos

As I have mentioned earlier that this is our six consecutive years attending the July 4th celebration event at Wat Lao Buddhavong in Catlett, Virginia and it is their 32nd celebration.

My first time visiting the temple was in 1997 during their July 4th celebration, the temple was buzzing with people back then.  I was impressed with the local community and my mom fell in love with the temple. Time has changed and the crowd was a lot thinner this year, one reason might be that many temples held events the same time as Wat Lao Buddhavong, and most visit their local temples instead.  We traveled 6 hours to get to the temple and never regret that we have made the trip. I was so sick several days before the trip and didn’t think that I would be able to make it this year, and let along be able to shoot videos and photograph the event. I’m a firm believer of mind over matter and felt great the whole time I was there regardless of how I look.  Below is a photo of Lee and my second sister.

A storm hit the area on Friday night and the temple had no power or running water until the next morning.  It knocked down this elephant.

And broke some tree branches. I’m glad it didn’t do more damages and the power came back just in time for the Saturday morning event.

I took this picture early Sunday morning and I didn’t see many Buddhist worshipers giving alms.

I made a donation to the temple for an alms’ bowl, and it was $10 this year.

Buddha Garden

The lily pond

And the frog was smiling at me. 🙂

The ladies that worked at the ticket booth.  The ticket was $10 this year and children get in for free.

Lao Rocket on display.

Chinese watercress near the entrance.

Food vendors

Temple booth

Despite it being extremely hot on Saturday, the concert area was probably the best place to stay cool. This is my last post for the temple and thank you for reading and watching the videos.

All photos were shot with Canon T2i and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens.


  1. Wow! I loved it all! You have great perspective! 🙂 Besides the pic of Lee I liked the close-up on the Chinese Watercress! Just lovely! You’d never know that you weren’t 100 percent! Hope you’re feeling much better! Thank you for sharing your beautiful visit to the Temple! On second look, I really like the “smiling frog” too!

    • Thanks cissyblue, I’m much better now. I didn’t get to walk around as much this year, they have neat booth setup for the different provinces in Laos that I didn’t get a chance to photograph, there is always next year. The green frog looks adorable, most frog pictures that I took they looked like they were bored but this one actually looked happy.

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