North of Laos’ capital of Vientiane and on the banks of the legendary Mekong River, is one of the country’s most impressive historic cities, Luang Prabang.
In contrast to many other metropolises in South East Asia, the former king’s residence of Luang Prabang has retained its pre-Colonial appearance. A seemingly endless number of temples and monastery complexes that are of great historical significance attract hordes of visitors each day.
Thirty-five monasteries that accommodate around 700 monks, as well as 1000 novices and also the city’s many splendid temples, highlight the deep religious faith that determines the every day life of Luang Prabang.
The inhabitants of Laos are made up of a combination of several mountain tribes, yet despite their differences, they live together in harmony and perform their centuries old dances to the sound of traditional music, their performances filling the city streets with life.
Luang Prabang, the unique former king’s residence on the banks of the legendary Mekong River, has most assuredly managed to retain its remarkable architectural, artistic and religious splendor right up to the present day.
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