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Large Drum

The squat structure at Wat Pho Xai is not a tower in the conventional sense; some have called it a chapel. There are only steps from the ground to the platform that holds the large drum. A prominent feature of many Buddhist temples in Laos and throughout Asia. The drums serve a variety of purposes, most significant of which is the call of monks, novices and others to prayers (early morning and late afternoon); it is also sounded for ceremonials and for other special occasions.