St. Anna’s Roman Catholic Church, วัดนักบุญอันนา หนองแสง, Nakhon Phanom,Thailand

I am still trying to get the true story of the history of this church. Tourism Authority of Thailand tells us Saint Anna Church is located on Sonthornvijit Road which runs parallel to the dame in front of the city of Nakhon Phanom. The church was built in 1926 by a Catholic priest. The church stands as a symbol of an international city that welcomes inhabitants from all walks of life. Before Christmas eve, Christians will make different styles of stars and put them together in the church. While wikipedia says  Through its beautiful architecture, the church represents the town that houses people from different ethnicities. Before Christmas Eve of each year, Christians from different communities will make stars and place them in the church. And to help add to the limited information signs in front of it tell us…

that it was founded by catholic priests in 1929 and to construct the building,the equpment was brought from Saigon, Vietnam and that the church was destroyed durind the Vietnam war, but was renovated later.
I contacted a Western Catholic priest who has been in Isaan for nearly 50 years and
NO CATHOLIC CHURCH WAS BOMBED IN THE VIET WAR. WHO WERE YOU TALKING TO?
I then sent a copy of the sign

THEY ARE ALL FECKIN’ VIETS OVER THERE. THEY PROBABLY SET A BOMB AND BLAMED THE AMERICANS. SOUNDS LIKE A RUSE TO GET MONEY.
READ THAT SIGN WITH A GRAIN OF SALT.

Now this demonstrates another difficulty with English signage in Thailand For some reason the Thais are either very la in their translations or they are simply inept when it comes to English. On a daily basis I see example of the latter as even the National Tourist Board, Tourism Authority of Thailand seems to be able to find English translators. The captions in Thai provide a bit more information. The bell tower was da,aged in 1940 and there have been 3 churches on the site. I have called and email a number of official sourses for information and a couple weeks later the promised replies have still not arrived. I will post an update if I should get and real data. If the album does not appear below click here

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