Temples in Luang Prabang | Cruise Mekong River

Temples in Luang Prabang

The sim of Wat Khili
Luang Prabang consists of small villages which has not yet influenced by the culture of the outside world. It would be a miss if you do not visit old temples in Luang Prabang because life of this untouched area revolves around these temples.
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Novices in Luang Prabang

In Luang Prabang, temples are very important to many young boys. The temple is the only opportunity for them to receive education because their family cannot afford pubic school. When they are seven, they will receive acceptance to a temple and free education in this temple as well. However, their life is not easy with years of separation from family, suffering extreme temperatures of Luang Prabang and basic accommodation. Their day is just around studies and chores.

Two young novices

Two young novices- source: internet

Etiquette

Before visiting a temple, it is essential to know a few rules to avoid causing offense. First, you should dress respectfully and remove shoes before entering sanctums. Second, say no to hugging, kissing and drinking alcohol on temple grounds. Third, do not point your feet towards the Buddha. Forth, avoid entering the sim if there is a meditation or chanting. Fifth, ask for permission before you photograph a monk up close. Halong bay Paloma cruise

 

Royal Palace Museum

Royal Palace Museum- source: internet

Temples

  • Wat Xieng Thong

This is a must-see temple because it is considered the finest temple in all of Laos and also the most important in Luang Prabang. The temple lies at the tip of the peninsula where Nam Khan river and the Mekong river met. The buildings are stately and elegant, with gorgeous details such as elegant roof, a famous “tree of life” in glittering mosaic. For years, it has been used for special ceremonies in Lao New Year and Boat Lantern festival. The admission is 20,000 kip.

Wat Xieng Thong in Luang Prabang

Wat Xieng Thong in Luang Prabang- source: internet

  • Wat Khili (Wat Souvanna Khili)

Located on the other side of the main street from Wat Xieng Thong, the temple was built in the 18th century in a rare style called Xieng Kouang. It holds a special place in the pantheon of Buddhism in Luang Prabang, especially to the revered monk Pha Khamfan Silasangvaro who was the Abbot of Vat Khili. Nowadays, the temple still preserves many historic photographs and documents which had been safeguarded by monks. Recently, it has undergone meticulous restoration.

The sim of Wat Khili

The sim of Wat Khili- source: internet

  • That Chomsi

That Chomsi, a small stupa, was built in 1804 on the top of Mount Phou Si. This is an ideal place in town to see the sunset for those who grind up 328 steps. Visitors can see a pretty panoramic view of the rooftops, mountains and rivers. This is considered a must-do in Luang Prabang so you may see a lot of other tourists there. If you want a quieter experience, try lesser trafficked entrances.

That Chomsi

That Chomsi- source: internet

Apart from the three temples above, you can try these temples: Haw Phra Bang near the Royal Palace Museum grounds, Wat Mai near the night market, Wat Wisunalat with its artifacts at the Royal Palace Museum, Wat Long Khoune and Wat Sop Sickharam.

Seeing these temples with your own eyes enjoying the peaceful atmosphere will give you magical moments in Luang Prabang. Let’s come and enjoy.

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