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Laos - A monk sitting inside Wat Phia Wat monastery in Muang Khoun, the former capital of Xieng Khouang province. The city was extensively bombed during the war and almost totally abandoned in 1975. The monastery, which dates back to the 1322, was bombed by the US in 1966 because suspected of having been converted in a food storage used by the North Vietnamese. The blackened and scarred Buddha statue in the monastery courtyard is among the few remains of the pre-war period.