Luang Prabang, Lao

Photo by Etienne Bossot:http://etiennebossot.photoshelter.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laung Prabang is famous as the former Royal City of Lao and for it’s rich spiritual heritage.  Home to over 80 active monasteries and with a still thriving community of Abbots, Monks and Novices, the traditional life style of Lao is retained as an active community.  The UNESCO classified old city,  is nestled on a peninsula and the might Mekong and the beautiful Nam Kang river surround the old city.   Every street houses temples, French Colonial architecture and traditional Lao homes and businesses.

Morning Alms takes place around the city every morning at 6 am.  This simple tradition, the giving of offerings to the embodiment of Buddha is  much revered by the people of Lao and still retains it’s charm despite the incredible pressure applied by some in their attempt to capture this reverent cultural tradition.   Each temple is different in archetitecture and are open for worship every day.   Incredible buildings to visit, and morning prays are held at 4- 5 am and 4 -5 pm every day.  These daily pray and meditations sessions are open to the public.

We ask you to respect this tradition and follow these simple rules.   For both sexes when visiting temples, the morning alms or talking with monks:  Please do not touch the monks, cover your shoulders and knees, remove your hat and take photographs at a respectful distance unless the monks have granted you permission.  No photography during pray sessions.   You must always be lower than the Monks, bow your head and back,  sit in their presence and never put your feet towards Buddha.

Please give way to the novices and monks as they make their way to classes or prays and pay the small entrance fee or leave a small donation in the boxes provided at the temples.

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Every temple is adorned with multiple images of buddha. These in front of the beautiful red wall are from the famous and highly revered Wat Xeing Tong

Every temple is adorned with multiple images of buddha. These in front of the beautiful red wall are from the famous and highly revered Wat Xeing Tong