Another Day in Luang Prabang

January 4: Our last full day in Luang Prabang.

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A woman inspected her garden plot by the river below our hotel.


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One of the demons guarding the temple at Vat Aham


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The main Buddha statue behind many smaller statues and a table laden with gifts at Vat Aham.


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The walls of the temple are covered with scenes from the Buddhist theology, somewhat reminiscent of Giotto's murals in Padua - though of course not in the same league artistically.


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A young novice monk hanging up the laundry behind the Vat Aham temple. Monks are educated not just in Buddhism, but in a standard range of academic subjects. They may end up among the best educated of Laotians. They often join a monastery very young, to save their families from having to feed them.


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Next door to Vat Aham is Vat Visounnarath. Here the austere main Buddha is flanked by some smaller images.


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Here and in the two photos below are some of the many objects in the Vat Visounnarath temple.


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A Buddhist face flanked by two Khmer faces.


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All of the statues have the hands-down, pray for rain stance.


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The Vat Visounnarath complex has an unusual stupa, notable for the watermelon-shaped dome.


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We had lunch at a hippie-era restaurant, Utopia. The facade of this nearby building was an attractive reminder of the ethos of that era, which fits well with the Luang Prabang atmosphere.


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A tradition in Luang Prabang is to watch the sunset by climbing the 328 steps of Phusi Hill. People are waiting, seated against a white wall.


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The sunset itself, seen through the Olympus sunset scene filter.

Today (January 5) we fly from Luang Prabang to Bangkok and then on to Yangon, beginning the Myanmar/Burma part of our trip. Internet access is not likely to be as good there as it has been so far, so posting on this blog may be sporadic.

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