Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Pak Ou Caves

During our boat cruise down the Mekong, we made a stop at the Pak Ou Caves, also known as the "Caves of 1,000 Buddhas" (although it's probably closer to 2,000 Buddhas housed within its rocky walls). Tucked into the massive limestone cliffs that line the river about an hour upstream from Luang Prabang, the caves are chock full of mostly very small buddha statues, in every position and of various construction (stone or wood being the most common). It's a place of worship as well, with an alter burning bright with candles and hazy with the smoke of incense. Amazing place.

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