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Laos / Attractions in Luang Prabang / Mount Phousi

Mount Phousi is right in middle of Luang Prabang. On top of the mountain is Wat Chom Si, built in 1804. You have to climb 328 steps up Mount Phousi, but if you're fit enough, the beautiful view from the top is worth the effort. In the 18th century a number of other Wats were on the mountain.

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Laos / Attractions in Luang Prabang / Wat Pra Bath Nua

This Wat features a 3 metres long "footprint" of the Buddha. Such Buddha "footprints" are found in all Southeast Asian Buddhist countries. Usually they are richly decorated ornaments with the approximate outline of a footprint. They are supposed to express that the teachings of the Buddha have reached, and are respected, here.

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Laos / Attractions in Luang Prabang / Wat Xieng Thong

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Photo: Wat Xieng Thong

This royal Wat on the banks of the Mekong was built in 1559 during the reign of King Setthathirat. It has survived, comparatively well, the various invasions of mostly Chinese armies. Being a royal Wat it was well taken care of over the centuries. The Wat is impressively decorated with carvings, murals and mosaics.