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Wat Pak Khan - Luang Prabang

After the alm giving ceremony at sunrise -- a solemn parade of hundreds (if not a thousand) of monks who receive alms from the faithful kneeling on the pavement -- novices sweep the street around the temple (wat) of Wat Pak Khan.


This ancient temple lies at the tip of the peninsula where the Khan river joins the Mekong in Luang Prabang, Laos, hence the name. Luang Prabang is the former royal capital of Laos and presently the cultural capital. Over 35 temples from the 16th and 17th century, as well as its largely conserved neo-colonial architecture, has earned this small city in remote Laos a listing as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Captured these novices just as the first rays of sunlight caught the one nearest to me as he turned the corner, leaving his fellows in the shade.

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Taken on February 8, 2011