Through the lenses: Monks at a border temple
VietNamNet Bridge – Krang Krock is an ancient Khmer temple in Chau Doc District in the southern province of An Giang near the border between Vietnam and Combodia. The temple is the biggest of its kind in Tinh Bien - Chau Doc, and hosts monks and traditional festivals for local residents.
Lesson time: A young monk studies at the temple.
The temple has 40 trainee monks aged between 12-19, who spend a few weeks at the temple every three years. Besides learning Buddhist teachings, they also learn how to farm and handicrafts like carpentry and sculpture. They work and support themselves rather than asking for food from locals.
Photographer Viet Thanh explores their lives at the temple.
Need for speed: Monks prepare for an ox race.
Chop chop: Monks carve on wood to make souvenirs and fine arts works for selling.
Warm hearts: Monks give food to stray dogs.
Body and mind: Young monks practise sports to keep fit.