Temples and Sun Set!

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Vat Xieng Thong Gate
After we have seen this interesting Vat, we proceed to see the most popular Vat - Vat Xieng Thong in Loas’s language means “Temple of Golden City.” It is located on a hill overlooking the Mekong River. Vat Xieng Thong was built around 1560s and remodeled in 1960s with glossy lacquers inside and outside the temple. Some of the walls were decorated with glossy tiles art. I found this very unique and beautiful. This was a royal temple where the king crowning ceremony was held. Some of the king’s body was cremated here and kept inside this temple. According to our guide, this is the only temple that wasn’t burn down by the Chinese during war because the Chinese used it as a shelter when they invaded Laos. We saw a number of monks, who had their robes tied up like a pants, building a “vat” by hand.
Vat Xieng Thong
The guide told us, they were building this for “Buddha bathing” I really like this temple’s decorations; I like the glossy lacquer and tires decoration on the wall. I have seen a lot of temples but I have not seen one like that especially when they use black and gold color as decoration. The Chinese will not use black in the temple as it represent death.

Before we arrived Vat Xieng Thong, we walked by a little vat complex named Vat Aham, I managed to take some snap shots. What I think was interesting about this Vat was it sign. A tiny worn out sign stated “Vat Aham” pinned on a tree. You would easily miss the sign.

Next Vat on the program was Vat Sean or known as Wat Sene Souk Haram.
In Laos’s language means “Temple of One Million Treasures”.
Vat Xieng Thong
According to the guide, this temple got it names from people of Laos donated one million Kips( Laso currency) to build this temple. It was built in 1718 and restored in 1957. What made this temple so special were the millions of lotus picture on the wall, painted in gold on red walls. There was a “Buddha’s foot print” pavilion in the temple complex and a golden stupa stood next to the Vat

After we’ve done with the temples, it was my favorite time of the day - meal time! We went to a local restaurant with really nice ambience. I was so hungry! We ordered some Thai meal and Laos’s dessert. They served the dessert first which I think was pretty funny. Anyway, we devoured the Fried banana with honey. It was yummy although I think it will be perfect if it less sweet.
monks building "vat"


It was time to check in to our hotel - Ancient Luang Prabang Hotel. A nice 3 stars hotel with only 12 rooms located in the heart of Luang Prabang town. This hotel is close to everyway, Mekong River, Mount Phousi, National Museum, Restaurants, massage places, morning wet market, Hmong market and night market. I am sure ladies love this place! I had so much fun shopping!

We had some time before going to Mount Phousi for sun set; we walked around the area by the hotel. We found another gorgeous Vat named Wat Choum Khong Sourintharame
and the National Museum formal Royal Palace. The currency Exchange was easy to find, there were at least 2 on the same road.
complex of Vat Xieng Thong
One is next to our hotel and the other one was opposite. There was also a Police Station along the road that I find it funny because you wouldn’t know it was a Police Station if you don’t read the sign properly; it was like someone’s house! We also saw a stairs up to the hill along the road. We only knew it was the stairs up to Phousi Hill after we came down from this end.

Kent picked us up at 5.30pm. We went in to the car and they dropped us at the foot of Phousi Hill. There were at least 400 steps up till the top of the hill however there were a lot of Buddha statues along the way. We worked so hard to go up but it seemed nothing to Kent! That tiny guy has lots of strength! On the way up, we learned some thing new from him. There were 7 Buddhas according to the days of the week.
Vat Xieng Thong
I remember “Sleeping Buddha” is Buddha for Tuesday and “Meditation Buddha sitting under a 7 heads Naga” is Saturday Buddha! Isn’t this interesting?

Finally, we were at the top of the hill! There was a special cave sheltered a left foot print of Buddha, it was a huge foot print! There were lots of tourists waiting for sun set just like us. I had lots of snap shots of the sun set. We stayed for 10-20 minutes on top of the hill and started to descend. We used the other end of the stair and lead us back to the road where our hotel was. Guess what?! It was my favorite time of the day again - Dinner!!

We found a nice open-air restaurant and had really good Lao food. After dinner, we strolled along the night market and back to our hotel.

The night market opened around 5 pm and closed around 9.30pm. There are very clean and quiet.. Unlike the one in Phuket, Thailand where all the sellers kept bugging you to buy craps from them. These Laos people just sat there and waiting for you to open your mouth! They were so polite!


Vanessa_Mun_Yee says:
Hey John, your comment made me feel good! Loas was nice but it was extremely hot! Hopefully you will make it to Laos very soon :)
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012
Vanessa_Mun_Yee says:
Thanks Nelieta! I still need to work on it a little more.
Posted on: May 06, 2010
Tinktinkie says:
Hi my friend, thank you for sharing! A very interesting blog..well done!!
Posted on: May 06, 2010
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Vat Xieng Thong Gate
Vat Xieng Thong Gate
Vat Xieng Thong
Vat Xieng Thong
Vat Xieng Thong
Vat Xieng Thong
monks building vat
monks building "vat"
complex of Vat Xieng Thong
complex of Vat Xieng Thong
Vat Xieng Thong
Vat Xieng Thong
Vat Xieng Thong
Vat Xieng Thong
The interior of Vat Xieng Thong. G…
The interior of Vat Xieng Thong. …
The Kings Cremation Chariots whe…
The King's Cremation Chariot's wh…
The Kings Cremation Chariot with …
The King's Cremation Chariot with…
The Kings Cremation Chariot
The King's Cremation Chariot
one of the door
one of the door
tiles art on wall
tiles art on wall
golden Buddha on red wall
golden Buddha on red wall
small vat in the complex of Vat Xi…
small vat in the complex of Vat X…
Wall with glossy tiles art, behind…
Wall with glossy tiles art, behin…
This is the famous tree of life.
This is the famous tree of life.
Another side of wall with glossy t…
Another side of wall with glossy …
tiles art close-up
tiles art close-up
tiles art close-up
tiles art close-up
tiles art close-up
tiles art close-up
golden Buddha on black wall
golden Buddha on black wall
The door
The door
This is a story about how human wi…
This is a story about how human w…
The locals put incense in this ban…
The locals put incense in this ba…
Stupas outside the Vat
Stupas outside the Vat
tired...
tired...
Complex of Vat Aham
Complex of Vat Aham
The sign is so worn out and tiny!
The sign is so worn out and tiny!
Complex of Vat Aham
Complex of Vat Aham
Complex of Vat Aham
Complex of Vat Aham
Stupas around Vat Xieng Thong
Stupas around Vat Xieng Thong
Vat Xieng Thong overlooking Mekong…
Vat Xieng Thong overlooking Mekon…
Vat Saen
Vat Saen
Buddha foot print pavillion
Buddha foot print pavillion
The millions of lotus in gold on r…
The millions of lotus in gold on …
Some Vat that we just passed by
Some Vat that we just passed by
Vat Choum Khong
Vat Choum Khong
Vat Choum Khong
Vat Choum Khong
The Police Station!
The Police Station!
Stairs up to Phousi Hill
Stairs up to Phousi Hill
Buddha statues along the way up to…
Buddha statues along the way up t…
Buddha left foot print!
Buddha left foot print!
On top of Phousi Hill
On top of Phousi Hill
On top of Phousi Hill
On top of Phousi Hill
Happy Buddha in the middle.
Happy Buddha in the middle.
Sleeping Buddha - Tuesday Buddha
Sleeping Buddha - Tuesday Buddha
Meditation Buddha sitting under 7 …
Meditation Buddha sitting under 7…
Stop the War Buddh ( I wanted to s…
Stop the War Buddh ( I wanted to …
Buddhas along the hill
Buddhas along the hill
Buddhas along the hill
Buddhas along the hill
View from top of Phousi Hill
View from top of Phousi Hill
View from top of Phousi Hill
View from top of Phousi Hill
Vat on top of Phousi Hill
Vat on top of Phousi Hill
Tourists gathered around for sun s…
Tourists gathered around for sun …
Egg yolk close-up
Egg yolk close-up
One of the stupa on top of the hill
One of the stupa on top of the hill
Vat unknown to me
Vat unknown to me
All the tourist waited for that mo…
All the tourist waited for that m…
this kid was helping her parents a…
this kid was helping her parents …
Night market before night falls
Night market before night falls
Little helper in the night market
Little helper in the night market
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