Saturday, August 24, 2013

Lao Trip 4.6 - Luang Phrabang

On my third full day in Luang Prabang, I continued my street walking sight seeing, hanging out a lot at the ferry landing and areas where the smaller slowboats come in and take off.

Temples that I did not visit, but which are famous and thus noteworthy are in the Wat Wisunarat area, including Wat Visoun, That Makmo and Wat Aham.

Wat Wisunarat (Wat Visoun) image: 

Luang Prabang between the years 1354–1707 A.D. was the center of the Kingdom of Lan Xang, the first real unification of Lao as a country by Fa Ngum. At the time of its founding, the town/city was still known as Xieng Dong-Xieng Thong. The center of the kingdom was renamed after the famous Buddha Phrabang image.

After the splitting apart of the Kingdom of Lan Xang, Luang Prabang continued as the cultural and religious center of the Kingdom of Luang Phrabang (1707–1949) until the founding of the Kingdom of Laos following World War II.

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