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Imprint of sacred temples in Luang Prabang

Buddhism was introduced to Laos in the early periods

As time passes, the history of Laos undergoes many changes, but ancient temples have not only disappeared but also existed and developed until this day. This is clear demonstration to the fact that the value of Dharma seems to have become a crucial element in shaping human values in this country, no matter who they are or what they do. Two below striking temples would help travelers understand more about Laos’ culture. Travel to Luang Prabang with: Indochina tours Laos

History of Buddhism:

Like some neighboring countries, Buddhism was introduced to Laos in the early periods. History was recorded that, around the eighth century A.C, a group of Mon, a tribe originating in the Thai-Myanmar border area, migrated to the West Lao region.

Buddhism was introduced to Laos in the early periods

Buddhism was introduced to Laos in the early periods- source: internet

In addition to Buddhist scriptures and related Buddhist items, in the course of this historic migration, the Mon Men brought with them Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka, where they spread the Theravada Buddhism to indigenous people. By the 13th century, the work of spreading Buddhism to this land had been basically completed. After more than 1,500 years existence, along with the history of the Laos, Buddhism with the spirit of tolerance has gradually penetrated and become an integral part of the development of Laotians. Up to now, the most obvious hallmarks of Buddhism are pagoda villages everywhere in this country, especially Luang Prabang.

The hallmarks of Buddhism are everywhere in Laos

The hallmarks of Buddhism are everywhere in Laos- source: internet

According to national statistics, currently in Laos, there are about 6,300 large and small pagodas scattering throughout the country. And each temple, depending on its location and characteristics of the inhabitants, it carries a distinctive and special function.

Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham:

Situated on the Si-Sa-Vang-Vong Boulevard is Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham Temple. Located next to royal museum of Luang Prabang, where was once a gorgeous palace, an economic and cultural center of the country for a long time, Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham has a very important role in the development of this ancient city. Built in 1780 by Ayatollah King of Luang Prabang Kingdom, Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham was considered as a pagoda dedicated to The Royal and wealthy merchants. Tours in Laos

Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham Temple in Luang Prabang

Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham Temple in Luang Prabang- source: internet

While many other temples were destroyed during the war; Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham still retained the original architecture and that is also the season why this temple became sacred to local people of Luang Prabang. Due to its location in the heart of the former capital, the temple has long been regarded as a spiritual fulcrum for traders. The ups and downs of history have come and gone, but traces of the commercial deals seem to remain through a series of paintings carefully engraved by Buddhist painters on the wall of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham.

Thereby, Luang Prabang market still exists quietly under the shadow of the blessed pagoda despite variability of time and events throughout the history. Luang Prabang people said that before markets only occurred at daytime in the past. However, when the former capital of Laos Luang Prabang was recognized by UNESCO as a heritage city, tourism industry has developed. To this day, night markets have become one of the key attractions of tourism here.

Wat Xieng Thong:

If Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham is considered as a symbol for the small business, Wat Xieng Thong is considered as an art museum, which preserves architectural essence, artistic painting of Buddhism in particular and Laotians in general. Located at the end of Sakkarin Road, near the junction between Mekong River and Nam Khan River, Wat Xieng Thong was built in 1560 under King Setthathirat. Like Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, Wat Xieng Thong wasn’t destroyed by war in 1887.

Wat Xieng Thong in Luang Prabang

Wat Xieng Thong in Luang Prabang- source: internet

Wat Xieng Thong has a large campus containing a characteristic Luang-Prabang-style main hall with three-floor roof. Outside of the main hall area, the ancients built some small chapels, with architectural style blended between the typical Laos architecture and the Theravada Buddhist architecture. Those are the places the monks used to meditate on dharma.

Besides unique architecture of many centuries, Wat Xieng Thong also surprises many visitors with colorful paintings of Buddhism history and national history. All the painters carefully use porcelain, porcelain tiles and stick them together or directly paint on the wall. These are considered the most extraordinary works of art in the country of Elephant.

Throughout long history, in the process of forming value of Laotian for thousands of years has important role of temples. Preserving precious memories of splendid pagodas carrying on their own characteristics such as Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham Wat and Wat Xieng Thong is a beauty in the spiritual life of people in Luang Prabang in particular and Laos in general.

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