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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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  1. tozofoto 73 months ago | reply

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  2. dee_r 73 months ago | reply

    wonderful backlight...such a great image...

  3. HannyB 73 months ago | reply

    dramatisch mooi...

  4. widgee76 [deleted] 73 months ago | reply

    Congrats on explore! Awesome lighting. :)

  5. ILINA S. 73 months ago | reply

    wow.......... it's so beautiful!

  6. ILINA S. 73 months ago | reply

    congrats on explore :) well deserving!

  7. Jumbo22 73 months ago | reply

    What an amazing sight this must be…that you for sharing it with us.

  8. Elisabeth Gaj 73 months ago | reply

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  9. Nord-Licht 73 months ago | reply

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  11. .MARTINE. 73 months ago | reply

    Oh...... echt heel bijzonder. Wat een lichtinval. Adembenemend mooi !

  12. wjpostma 73 months ago | reply

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  13. Manuel Valdivia Muñoz 73 months ago | reply

    Preciosa fotografia!!

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