TAM THE HALL, 2009, H. 34 M L. 59 M., WOOD, BRICKS AND REINFORCED CONCRETE. PHOTO: ANN PROCTOR – TAASA Review September 2013
In stark contrast is the Bai Dinh temple.
Situated about 95 kilometres south of Ha Noi in Ninh Binh province, it is remarkable on many fronts, not the least of which is that it is now the largest complex of Buddhist temples in Vietnam.
Privately funded by an extremely wealthy Vietnamese entrepreneur, Nguyen Xuan Truong, who made his initial fortune with a trucking business, planning and construction began in 2003 and at the time of my visit in 2011, it was still a work in progress...