Friday, October 03, 2008

Jewels of Luang Prabang

If you're wondering if I even stepped into any of the historical sites of Luang Prabang. I did and since I have so much to post I am trying to organize them. I will only touch on two sites -the Royal Palace Museum and Wat Xieng Thong.
The Royal Palace Museum, which was the palace of the last king of Luang Prabang. The contents in the place is gorgeous especially the Prabang Buddha. This Buddha was one of two Buddha images that was taken by the Siamese troops captured Vientiane in 1779, and seized the Prabang and Emerald Buddha images from the city. The Prabang Buddha was returned to Laos but the Emerald Buddha remains in Thailand. As no photography was allowed within the museum I don't have any images to share.
This is the Wat that is being built within the Royal Palace grounds to house the Prabang Buddha.Wat Xieng Thong, at the 'tip' of town, where the Khan flows into the Mekong, is one of the city's oldest and most important temples. The temple's sim (ordination hall) was built in 1560. The temple was spared destruction by the Black Flag Haw invasion of the late nineteenth century and so is one of the few temples that has been in continuous use since its founding.

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