Sahai comments (referenced below, p. 81) that the panel title inscriptions in both the old VOM image hall and in the new replicant set, appear to confuse —and to sometimes invert— the storylines of the identical bastard twins Sankhip/Sangip (Sugriva), and Palichanh/Bahlican (Vailin). Caption title block(s), old Lao calligraphy, re-rendered by Sachidanand Sahai, from Ramayana in Laos: a study in the Gvay Dhorahbi, BR Publishing Corp, Delhi (India)”
“One of these seven Ai Chua (novices) added an aeroplane at the top of the final panel [picture N° 33]; probably, he thought that would give much more solemnity to Phra Lam’s troops on their way home.” Extract Thit Panh 1969 interview (English version), from Vo Tu Tinh, “Version lao du Ramayana: Phralak-Phralam”, in Bulletin des Amis du Royaume lao, deuxieme semestre 1971, Vientiane.
scanned color negative/print
ca. 1925 (building construction)
1938 (original mural painting)
December 2000 (building demolition)
Panel 33, former image hall interior, Vat Oub Mong, Vientiane
complete temple interior murals of Phralak-Phralam, the Lao Ramayana.