A garland of pure white paper cranes hangs from a monks’ residential building within Luang Prabang’s picturesque Wat Xieng Thong temple complex.
In Japan, the crane is a spiritual and holy creature, believed to live for one thousand years; Japanese legend holds that if one folds a thousand origami cranes, he shall be granted a wish.
We saw lovely cranes such as these adorning courtyards, porches, and places of spiritual significance in Cambodia and Laos.
Feeling inspired to fold some delicate birds of your own? Try your hand here.
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