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Wat Pa Phon Phao Luang

An easy 3km walk or bicycle ride north- east of town is Wat Pa Phon Phao, a forest meditation wat famous for the teachings of the late abbot, Ajahn Saisamut. Saisamut's funeral in 1992 was the largest and most well attended monk's funeral Laos had seen in decades. This modern temple is located outside town, in a hill near Luang Prabang. The temple itself is not outstanding, but from here you can have beautiful views of the town and surroundings.


That Chomsi is located at the peak of Phu Si Hill, a 100 meter high hill located in the center of the old town of Luang Prabang. Above photo of Wat Pa Phon Phao taken from this Phu Si Hill.


Luang Prabang is the cultural and historic center of Laos. One of the most inviting cities in South East Asia, Luang Prabang lies on a picturesque peninsula at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers. The city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is filled with historic temples, tree-lined cobblestone lanes, colorful hilltribes and probably the best food in Laos. The Lan Xang Kingdom (the first truly Lao Kingdom) was founded here in 1353 by Fa Ngum and remained the capital until 1545 when it was moved to Vientiane further south along the Mekong River. The name Luang Prabang derives from a sacred Buddha image called the Pha Bang which was a gift from the mighty Khmer Empire, hence the name Luang Prabang meaning Great Pha Bang. For us, Luang Prabang was of particular importance because of our interest in religious architecture. It is a treasure trove of various temple styles boasting Lao, Thai and Burmese characteristics.


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Taken on July 31, 2008