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Sense the sacred site of the Pak Ou caves

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Near Pak Ou (mouth of the Ou river) the Tham Ting (lower cave) and the Tham Theung (upper cave) are 25 km from Luang Prabang, Laos. The Pak Ou caves are only accessible by boat, about two hours upstream from the center of Luang Prabang, and have recently become more well known by tourists. The caves are noted for their impressive Lao style Buddha sculptures assembled over the centuries by local people and pilgrims. Hundreds of mostly wooden Buddhist figures are laid out over the floors and wall shelves. They take many different positions, including meditation, teaching, peace, rain, and reclining (nirvana). Tham Ting contains approximately 2,500 Buddhas. It's a Pilgrim thing: Come to Pak Ou, leave a Buddha statue as an offering, light incense, pray, shake the fortune sticks ...


Photo taken in the darkness of the Pak Ou caves. A collection of old buddhas taken in the Tham Ting - lower Park Ou cave.


De grotten van Pak Ou ligt op 25 km afstand van Luang Prabang op de plek waar de Nam Ou en de Mekong samenvloeien. Pak Ou bestaat uit twee mysterieuze grotten in een steile rots, waarin in ontelbare nissen en spelonken naar schatting meer dan 2500 boeddha's staan. Neergezet door duizenden pelgrims sinds de 16e eeuw. De Tham Ting, de onderste grot, kun je gemakkelijk met daglicht bezichtigen. Voor de hogergelegen grot, de Tham Theung heb je echter een goede zaklamp nodig.

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Taken on August 2, 2008