Southeast Asia and Japan / Mekong River
Mekong River
Southeast Asia and Japan / Reclining Buddha
Reclining Buddha
Southeast Asia and Japan / Buddhist Temple at the Royal Palace
Buddhist Temple at the Royal Palace
Southeast Asia and Japan / Tak Bat, The Morning Alms Giving
Tak Bat, The Morning Alms Giving
Southeast Asia and Japan / Kuang Si Waterfall
Kuang Si Waterfall
Southeast Asia and Japan / Amantaka Temple at Sunset
Amantaka Temple at Sunset

Luang Prabang

The town of Luang Prabang boasts a history and culture that is intrinsically linked to Theravada Buddhism. The 2,100 monks and novices residing in Luang Prabang make up a significant portion of the town's overall population.

The Royal Palace (official name "Haw Kham") was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family. The site for the palace was chosen so that official visitors to Luang Prabang could disembark from their river voyages directly below the palace and be received there. In 1975, the monarchy was overthrown by the communists and the Royal Family was taken to re-education camps. The palace was then converted into a national museum.

Oher highlights of Luang Prabang include Makmo (watermelon stupa), Vat Xieng Thong (Temple of the Golden City), and the night market.

One of the daily highlights of Luang Prabang is the Tak Bat (Alms Offering). Monks and novices walk through the town every morning at sunrise to accept alms from the town's folk.

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La Residence de Luang Prabang


Luang Prabang