Thursday, January 14, 2010
Immaculate Conception Cathedral, 1907. There is also a LaSalle school in town. Though Thailand is 95%+ Buddhist, this area has about 8,000 Catholics with churches and schools to serve them. The roots of this church go back to about 1700, when Vietnamese Catholics fled upheavals at home and settled in this tranquil, peaceful place.
We had a noodle lunch in a stand nearby and admired the French-influenced architecture and the beautiful church. The church faces a charming, hump-back bridge across the river facing the old town area to the west.
This area was occupied for a time by the French, who eventually ceded it back to the Thai King, because he gave them concessions in what is now Cambodia.
The area is famous for fruit-growing.
It was a gorgeous sunset and ferry ride across the bay.
Nongnath presents gifts from SWU
display of science and other projects, including e-school and e-learning
Performanceof students on national tests for university entrance and scholarships
For years, the SWU Library has supported this school for novice monks (13-18 years old) from poor families who cannot afford to educate them. The novices excel in their studies and many get scholarships to go on to university. SWU had renovated the library, added a garden reading area, donated books, etc. It's an inspiring place.