Vat Pa Phai in Luang Prabang, Laos
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Vat Pa Phai in Luang Prabang, Laos

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The gilded and carved wooden façade of Wat Pa Phai monastery in Luang Prabang, Laos is more than 100 years old and is a classic Thai-Lao fresco. The name Wat Pa Phai means “Monastery of the Bamboo Forest.” Various records assign different dates to this monastery: the French historian Henri Parmentier, thought that Wat Pa Phai was built in 1645. However, the Luang Prabang historian Chao Khaminanh Vongkot Rattana, placed its construction date much later, at 1815.

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Asia is the biggest continent on Earth, a darling little gem floating around in space.

Hm, what is Asia? Who's in on it?

China and India are safe bets for Asian nations. Korea, Japan, Thailand, you're fine.

Europe? No. Europe would sort of be on the "Asian continent" if not for those pesky Ural mountains dividing things up in the middle, and then also the whole lineage of kings and wealth and nations and the EU and all that "give me my respect" stuff.
Russia would probably be happiest as its own continent, so for now we'll leave it in "Eurasia" and just hope the natural gas supplies keep flowing.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are dang close to Asia, but politically they show up in "Middle East" news stories an awful lot. Verdict: Eurasia.

I guess we'll actually have to consider everything from Turkey on eastward to be "Eurasian", although the moniker seems overlappitory of the territory.

The Asian economy is now officially raging like a wild furnace of lava that consumes everything in its path. Japan has had the largest individual economy in Asia for decades, but it is forecast that both India and China will outstrip Japan within twenty years.

China is the largest holder of United States debt and is positioned to become the world's next superpower, provided that Godzilla doesn't return and decide to stomp everybody back into the Shang Dynasty.

Text by Steve Smith.

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