From Gong & Drum Awakening to Sunset at Luang Prabang’s Wat Wisunalat

Our home away from home in Luang Prabang, Laos sat opposite from the former royal city’s oldest operating temple, Wat Wisunalat (a temple with many variations on its name). The temple was built in the early 1500s.

Known for its quiet lanes and thirty temples, Luang Prabang feels authentically Asian. Monks of all ages – clad in saffron-colored robes – pound the pavement in bare feet and sandals, and from time to time, you’ll be able to observe, or in our case, hear Buddhist customs being practiced.

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Twinkle, Twinkle Wat Xieng Thong – Luang Prabang, Laos

In the late afternoon sunlight, the small shrine’s mosaic-adorned walls shimmered like precious gems. As I shifted my footing and perspective – moving only mere inches at a time – different vignettes were illuminated by the vibrant rays. The Buddhist shrine – on which the cut glass portrays Buddhist imagery – is one of twenty structures in the Wat Xieng Thong monastery compound in charming Luang Prabang. The temple is not far from the Mekong River.

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Rainy Day at Bangkok’s Wat Pho

Despite the grey skies which prevailed during our visit, Bangkok’s Wat Pho complex showcased its kaleidoscopic colors.

The temple complex was founded in 1781 and houses more than one thousand Buddha images. It’s best known for housing the famous Reclining Buddha statue.

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