Most of the temples that I visited throughout Laos and Thailand were very old and historical, which added to the draw of their overall beauty. Haw Pha Bang however, is not old, and in fact it was only completed in 2006, located in the grounds of the Royal Palace Museum in Luang Prabang, Laos.
Although the temple lacks the historical significance, it was built to house possibly the most important historical object in Laos, the Pha Bang (Pra Bang).
The Pha Bang is a standing bronze Buddha statue that is covered in gold leaf, and is believed to be ancient. It came to Laos in the 14th century where it was kept in the capital city, Luang Prabang, which takes it’s name from the statue.
I found Haw Pha Bang to be quite impressive, and although it is new, it is built in traditional style and materials. It’s architecture and artwork is stunning, and although the Pha Bang was not in the temple when I was there, I could see that it would sit proudly in such a beautiful temple.
Haw Pha Bang is an incredibly beautiful temple to add to the already stunning spiritual heart of Laos. Luang Prabang is definitely one of my favourite cities in Asia.