Haw Pha Bang - the incredibly temple in Luang Prabang
Located in the grounds of the Royal Palace Museum, Haw Pha Bang is one of Luang Prabang’s most attractive monuments.
A very ornate temple, the Haw Pha Bang (also known as Wat Ho Pha Bang) was completed in 2006. Although the temple seems old at first sight, it is built in the traditional style and is tied directly to the history of this World Heritage City.
The Haw Pha Bang is quite impressive which was built to enshrine the Phra Bang Buddha - the most sacred Buddha image in the country, the Pha Bang. The image after which is currently housed in a richly ornamented shrine in the Royal Palace Museum.
The Phra Bang image is 83 cm in the Abhaya mudra, representing dispelling of fear. According to Lao legend, images were made in Sri Lanka nearly 2,000 years ago. Judging from its style, it likely dates from the 14th century. The Phra Bang image was given to Fa Ngum, the first ruler of Lan Xang Kingdom in 1353 by the King of Angkor.
Haw Phra bang in Luang Prabang, Laos
Nowadays, the image is kept in a richly ornamented shrine in the Royal Palace Museum, which will soon be enshrined in Haw Pha Bang temple. As part of the Lao New Year celebrations, the image is carried in procession to the Wat Mai temple where it is ritually cleansed.
How to get to Haw Pha Bang?
The temple is located in the South East corner of the Royal Palace complex on Sisavangvong Road. You can walk there from the center of the peninsula. A tuk tuk in the center of town will cost between 10,000 Kip (about US $ 1.30) to 15,000 Kip (about US $ 2), depending on distance and bargaining skills.
Entrance fee & opening hours:
Admission to the temple is included in the Royal Palace Museum ticket. The temple opens daily from 8h00 am → 11h30 am and from 1h30 pm → 4h00 pm.
Haw Pha Bang is an incredibly temple of the already stunning spiritual heart of Laos. It definitely makes Luang Prabang one of favorite cities in Asia.
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