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Dome and minarets of a small Jamia Mosque in the city centre of Vientiane located on the bank of Mekong River facing Thailand, Polariser on the lens at capture and nothing added in processing. The simple clear colours really are this vibrant in the late afternoon sun when the light seemed to be striking a right note. I liked the pure simplicity of its architecture..

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This mosque was established by the Tamil Muslims many of whom came from the former French-ruled Pondicherry in South India although the first Muslims are said to have arrived in Laos in the early twentieth century when Laos was under French colonial rule. But Muslims form a very insignificant proportion in the predominant Buddhist majority and their number is less than one thousand making Laos possibly the only country with the lowest number of Muslims, and with the least number of mosques in the whole of Asia. There are just two mosques in the whole of Laos, both are located in the city centre; the other is Azhar Mosque which caters mainly to Champa community.

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