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Where to go to see Buddha statues in Luang Prabang

Wat Xieng Thong

With a high concentration of the Buddhist architecture in such a small city like Luang Prabang, Buddha statues are what you can find in all the beautiful golden wats. To get more information, you can click: Laos travel tours

Wat Xieng Thong Temple

A masterpiece decorated with mosaics and carvings in wood, Wat Xieng Thong Temple is the finest in all of 34 UNESCO-protected temples in Luang Prabang.

Wat Xieng Thong

Wat Xieng Thong- source: internet

Also known as the Golden tree Temple of the golden city, the Wat Xieng Thong, which was constructed in 1560 by King Setthathirath, is the religious emblem of the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Laos as well as one of the most stunning iconic images of Buddhism in Laos. Among all of the things included in more than 20 structures of the Wat Xieng Thong set such as: shrines, pavilions, residences, churches, chapels and ordination halls as well as gardens of various flowers, ornamental shrubs and trees, stupas are likely to be the most outstanding ones.

Buddha statues in Wat Xieng Thong

Buddha statues in Wat Xieng Thong- source: internet

Every corner inside Wat Xieng Thong seems to have its own Buddha statues. The Pavilion of the seated Buddha – a small canopy supported by 4 columns double roof located in the gardens of the temple Wat Xieng Thong; a rare bronze reclining Buddha image made in 1569 and taken to the great Paris Colonial Exhibition in 1931 in La Chapelle Rouge or the Red Chapel; a number of early 19th century Buddha images lining along the walls decorated with mosaics representing everyday scenes of life in Laos in the chariot hall; a large standing Buddha image in the Chapel of the Standing Buddha next to the temple’s congregation hall. Indochina travel reviews

Pak Ou Cave – home to 1000’s of Buddha images

A place of worship for more than a thousand years, the 16th century Pak Ou Cave, which is packed with so many Buddha images in different sizes and styles, is one of the most famous holy sites in Luang Prabang and Laos as well.

At the height of 100 meters, the sacred hill of Phou Si, which is dotted with temples, Buddhist statues and altars, is one of the most elevated in the Luang Prabang city center.

Phou Si Hill

The Phou Si Hill does not attract travelers for things to see on the hill itself but a magnificent bird’s eye view of Luang Prabang city and the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers at the terrace at the foot of the stupa. This panoramic view is at its best when the sun goes down, when one of this golden stupa’s faced sees the last light rays.

Where to find Buddha statues on the Phousi Hill? It is a narrow platform with a small Buddhist temple and a golden stupa on the highest point of Phousi Hill and Wat Tham Phousi with a Buddha statue in a reclining position and a big–belly Buddha snuggled in a cave at half way up the hill.

 

Buddha statues inside Pak Ou Cave

Buddha statues inside Pak Ou Cave- source: internet

Filling up every nook and corner of the two caves set in the steep, vertical cliffs at the meeting point of the Mekong and the Nam Ou River are more than 4,000 Buddha images in various mudras and varying in size from a few centimeters to pretty big. These century-old miniature Buddhist figures laid out over the wall shelves, many of which were damaged, are mostly made from wood. These Buddha images here are not in the same positions: rain, peace, teaching, meditation and reclining (nirvana). Standing out against the gorgeous riverine backdrop is a photogenic group of Buddhas in the well lit lower cave – the main attraction called Tham Ting. In spite of requiring much effort to reach than the lower one, the upper cave called Tham Theung, which shelters the majority of the majority of Buddha images, is well worth your time. It is believed that these statues were left there for hundreds of years.

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