Thursday, 24 April 2014

Luang Prabang 08.02.2014 Wat Phol Phao



Luang Prabang 08.02.2014 Wat Phol Phao

Phra That Khong Santi Chedi / Wat Phol Phao / Vipassana temple and park, building open 8-10 and 13:30 to 16:30

I saw this building (it sticks out: yellow/golden, on top of a hill) from Phusi hill on my previous visit (Feb 2010). After reading that is has wall paintings that depict Buddhist hell, I had to go there.

When I first arrived, it was closed, come back after lunch break:



Mural paintings of Buddhist hell:




You can climb up  several levels, until you reach the roof, more rural paintings:







Bridge over the Khan river (free) near the wat for cars and pedestrians, boys grill fish they caught, girls wash clothes and women wash seaweed from the river (edible, I asked):



Temporary (dry season) bamboo bridge for pedestrians over Khan river, 2000 Kip per person (actually there are two bridges, another one is near the mouth of Khan river into Mekong):



Spend the rest of the afternoon walking in Luang Prabang, then back to guesthouse where I checked out in the morning and left my luggage and arranged pick-up to the bus station.

Night bus from Luang Prabang to Chiang Rai. Border crossing the following morning in Chiang Khong (new bridge over the Mekong), on the Thai side there is an X in the road where the bus changes from driving on the right side to driving on the left side (didn’t take a picture, but it’s visible on satellite pictures on googlemaps).

Location of Wat Phol Phao on googlemaps:
https://www.google.com/maps/@19.8826707,102.1501601,17z
(entry only possible from the south)

further reading about the Wat Phol Phao (and other wats in Luang Prabang):
http://traveltoluangprabang.blogspot.de/2008/11/between-heaven-and-earth.html

transport in and out of Luang Prabang:
http://www.travelfish.org/transport/laos/northern_laos/luang_prabang/luang_prabang/all

Still attractions left to see in Luang Prabang (after two visits 3 days 2 nights), I might go again some day.

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