Luang Prabang - the City of Temples1571
Luang Prabang used to be the capital of Laos Kingdom from 14th century to 1975. Nowadays, ancient capital Luang Prabang is a city under Luang Prabang province and titled World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. LuangPrabang is 425 km to the North from Vientiane, lying on Mekong River side. In Lao language, Luang Prabang means Giant Golden Buddha. Visiting LuangPrabang, tourists can easily catch the sight of monks wearing saffron monks robe asking for alms on the streets in the early morning. Almost tourists coming to Luang Prabang try to wake up earlier to watch that simple and peaceful scene and kneel on the pavements with locals to give food for monks.
LuangPrabang used to be known as the center of Buddhism in the Land of elephants. There are nearly 40 temples and pagodas here, which are constructed in different dynasties of Laos history. Like many other palaces and temples, pagodas in Luang Prabang bear a characteristic feature of Lao architecture and most of them are reserved and maintained with the initial ancient forms. Coming to Laos Luang Prabang, travelers can see pagodas everywhere. There are pagodas on the peak of mountains, at the middle of the roads and streets, on the river shores, etc. Although there is appearance of many temples, each temple gives tourists different and strong impression about Lao culture high art values. Visitors can easily stroll from one pagoda to another one because pagodas and temples here nearly intercommunicate with each other, hardly have official borders. Wandering through ancient and worshipful atmosphere of the old city gives people chance to release daily busy life and brings every tourist peace in mind.
Tourists can go around and visit Vat Sean, Vat Sop, VatSirimungkhun, Vat Si Bun Heuang pagodas, which are adjacent to each other on the center street of the city or Vat Visoun, Vat Aham, Vat Mai Suwannaphumahamon Vat Visoun Street. At the end of Sakkarin road is Vat Xieng Thong that was built in 1560 under the dynasty of King Setthathirat, a pagoda with many splendid Buddha statues and sophisticated carved paintings. From there, tourists can reach Vat Paphai, Vat XiengMuan and have opportunities to challenge 328 steps on the way to Phousi top, visit the pagoda on the top of the mountain and watch impressive sunset scenery on Laos Mekong River.
Having Luang Prabang tours, travelers cannot help being dazed with deep nostalgia and emotion by the effort of old Lao artisans to create those Buddhism monuments.