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Overview of Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang, or Louangphrabang ” pronounced , is a city located in north central Laos, where the Nam Khan river meets the Mekong River about 425 kilometers (264 mi) north of Vientiane. It is the capital of Luang Prabang Province. The current population of the city is about 103,000.[citation needed]

The city was formerly the capital of a kingdom of the same name. Until the communist takeover in 1975, it was the royal capital and seat of government of the Kingdom of Laos. The city is also notable as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The main part of the city consists of four main roads located on a peninsula between the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers. The city is well known for its numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries. Every morning, hundreds of monks from the various monasteries walk through the streets collecting alms. One of the major landmarks in the city is a large steep hill on which sits Wat Chom Si.

Surrounded by jungle, with the Mekong River flowing through, Luang Prabang enjoys a tropical monsoon climate. There are two seasons in this weather: one dry and one wet. The dry season comes from November to May while the rainy season lasts from May to October. Overall, the annual average temperature is approximately 77 degrees Fahrenheit and it is very humid most days, with annual precipitation of approximately 1300 mm.

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Cooking Classes in Luang Prabang

Developed a taste for sticky rice? Some of Luang Prabang's best restaurants offer cooking classes sharing their kitchens' best-loved local recipes visitors.Generally, classes run a full day from morning until dinner and begin with a visit to the fresh market for ...

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Wat That Luang

Wat That Luang

Legend has it that Wat That Luang was founded way, way back in the third century BC by visitors from India, but physical evidence from the temple site place its origins in the early 1800s.Of historical interest is the central stupa containing the ashes of King ...

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Wat Aham

Next door to Wat Wisunalat, Wat Aham (Temple of the Opened Heart) is another sleepy temple that most tourists tend to bypass.The sim was only constructed around 1820, but the site has been home to animist shrines since long before. The temple has spacious grounds ...

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Wat Wisunalat

Wat Wisunalat

Also known as Wat Visoun, this wat is named after King Wisunarat, the king whose reign it was constructed during, though the structure standing today is a replica of the one built in 1513.Records suggest that the original was quite spectacular, with some 4,000 ...

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Wat Mai

Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, more simply known as Wat Mai (the New Monastery), is Luang Prabang's largest wat.Centrally located on Sisavangvong Road and an important site during the annual Pimai Lao festival, Wat Mai is one of the city's most photographed temples.Founded ...

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Wat Xieng Thong

Wat Xieng Thong

Wat Xieng Thong is generally considered to be the most historically significant and magnificent of Luang Prabang's temples.Set near the confluence of the Mekong and Khan rivers, with a sweeping two-tiered roof and elaborate mosaics, this large temple epitomises ...

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The temples of Luang Prabang

For a small city, Luang Prabang has a high concentration of Buddhist temples and it's these beautiful golden wats that earned it a spot on the UNESCO list and tourist map.Before the Black Flag attacks of 1887 there were 60-plus temples in Luang Prabang, but many ...

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