Temples of Laos: Haw Pha Bang, Luang Prabang

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.

Haw Pha Bang in Luang Prabang, Laos

Haw Pha Bang

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 in Luang Prabang, Laos

Looking straight on at Haw Pha Bang

Naga head at Haw Pha Bang in Luang Prabang, Laos

Nagas (dragons) line the stair cases

Nagas at Haw Pha Bang in Luang Prabang, Laos

Nagas at the entrance of the temple

Podium in Haw Pha Bang in Luang Prabang, Laos

Looking towards the podium that is meant to house the Pha Bang, from the temple entrance

Artwork in Haw Pha Bang in Luang Prabang, Laos

Tiled artwork inside. The detail is exquisite

A window in Haw Pha Bang in Luang Prabang, Laos

Looking out of a window towards Mount Phou Si

Monks in Haw Pha Bang in Luang Prabang, Laos

Young monks admire the Pha Bang podium

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.

Haw Pha Bang in Luang Prabang, Laos

View of Haw Pha Bang from the steps to Mount Phou Si

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