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Wat Lao Buddhavong
3043 Catlett Road (Route 28)
Catlett, Va. 22019

The Wat Lao is located on a beautiful landscape of 58.7 acres, which is about a 40 minutes drive from the Capital Beltway. It has drawn Buddhists from all over the United States and abroad. The main ceremonial building of the temple, the Sala Hong Tham (Dhamma Hall), was dedicated on July 3, 1993. The recently finished paintings on one side of the upper wall tell the story of the Lord Buddha and on the other side tell the story of His preceding lives. These paintings create a magnificent atmosphere and are a great educational inspiration for visitors. In addition to the regularly scheduled religious celebrations, two prominent events at the Wat Lao Buddhavong are (1) the celebration of the Lao New Year, around mid April and (2) the Cultural Festival, scheduled to coincide with the 4th of July Celebration. Wat Lao Buddhavong is the host temple for the 2001 International Vesak Celebration.

Phra Achan Maha Bounmy Kittihammavanno

Phra Achan Maha Bounmy Kittihammavanno is the founding and present abbot of the Wat Lao Buddhavong. He became a Buddhist monk as a young boy and has remained since. He spent many years as a forest ascetic monk in Laos. He holds the position of Vice President of the Lao Buddhist Monk Organization in the United States. He and other Lao monks at the temple play a central role in the spiritual and the cultural aspects of life for the many Lao communities in America. For more information, call or write:

Phra Achan Maha Chandaphone Chakkavaro
Tel: 540-788-4968   Fax: 540-788-1219
Souksomboun Sayasithsena, Board of Trustee
703-573-5683 - Home   703-302-7322 - Work