Today, Pham Khanh Toan will complete his contributions in transforming the Xuan Tao communal hall, or dinh in Vietnamese, into what is both a pagoda and a temple. The dinh is located in Minh Tao village, about 10 kilometres from Hanoi’s centre.
In the yard, people are busy installing a pair of stone lantern pillars, which originate from China and are commonly used in public gardens, at the dinh’s gates. Toan, a builder and contractor, stands in front of a guardian statue made of ferro-concrete and coated by South Korean paint. He pushes his drill into the statue’s chin and the flute of the upper lip, then installs screws into the holes and fixes some black electricity wires onto them. Now, the statute’s young face looks a little bit older, with its new beard and moustache. more>>