Temples and Monks in Luang Prabang, Laos

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Temples and Monks in Luang Prabang, Laos

Gold and orange. Possibly these are the colors that can represent Luang Prabang. Gold from temples and monasteries and orange of monk’s robe. You can see the gold painted stupa on the top of the hill, walk with the monks along the river and pass through temples. Also, it’s clean and pleasant. It is an atmospheric town, and that’s the main reason why travelers love Luang Prabang so much.

Though it was not my favorite place in Laos but certainly, it was charming. One day we walked around the temples in town and capture the temple architectures and surroundings.

The novice monks were awfully friendly to visitors. When we walked into Wat Monorom, a monk named Son started to talk to us. He was practicing his English with his little English phrase book. He asked us how many family members do we have, where we are from and what do we do for a living. He said he’s not allowed to drink beer but he’s allowed to have friends.

Sun was setting, and the monks were preparing their evening prayer session, which will be in 15 minutes. They invited us to sit with them and listen to the chanting. And they allowed us to take photography of them.

Here are the photos of temples and monks in Luang Prabang.



Monk praying session in the temple in Luang Prabang Laos

Temple in the morning in Luang Prabang, Laos

Wat Visounnarath

Temple in Luang Prabang Laos

Gate of Wat Manorom in Luang Prabang Laos

Wat Manorom in Luang Prabang Laos

Monk alms bowl

Wat Manorom in Luang Prabang Laos

Garden in the temple

Dragon at the temple in Luang Prabang Laos

Drumming at Wat Visounnarath

Monks Praying in Luang Prabang Laos

Monks in the morning collecting alms

Statue of a woman in Wat Visounnarath

Wat Xieng Thong - Under construction

the view of Temple in Luang Prabang Laos

the view of Temple in Luang Prabang Laos


Tile art in Temple Luang Prabang Laos

Monk Orage robe

Ornamentation on the roof of a temple

Buddha statue in Luang Prabang Laos

Stupa at the top of the hill in Luang Prabang Laos


Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .


  1. Leslie says:

    Great photos! We stayed in Luang Prabang during our RTW trip. It’s a beautiful city, and probably the most developed (from a tourist standpoint) in Laos.

  2. Very cool photos. I visited Luang Prabang last summer, and found it to be a really relaxing little place. Very friendly and charming.

  3. Claire says:

    Beautiful photos! I’ve never been but hope to make it there one day!

  4. Kristina says:

    Laos is such a wonderful and charming place! Great shots, make me want to hop on a plane to Luang Prabang now!!

  5. Stephen says:

    Wow! Powerful images. Love the serenity of the temples in Luang Prabang.

  6. Noel says:

    Beautiful photos, especially those with the monks! I think you summed up nicely that gold and orange are the colours that represent Luang Prabang. Thanks for sharing, it brought back lots of memory 🙂

    • Juno says:

      Thanks Noel. Yeah, certainly the whole city is covered with gold temples and orange monk robes. It was atmospheric. Luang Prabang was good for working as a blogger. Though, there’s not much of a Laos food. That’s a little bit shame, but I enjoyed it!

  7. […] Five o’clock in the evening, It was the time for an evening chanting at Wat Monorom. I was taking pictures of temples around the town. Novice monks at the temple were starting to talking to us, to practice their English and make friends. He said he’s not allowed to drink beer but he’s allowed to have friends.The monks invited us to participate the chanting, and chanting with them if we know how to. We sat in the back and listened them chanting and praying. It was a beautiful moment. Here is the photo essay of Temples and Monks in Luang Prabang, Laos. […]

  8. Jenny Bourne says:

    Absolutely stunning photos!!!

  9. Claus says:

    Beautiful photographs!

  10. […] guesthouse, and the restaurant. It is photogenic; you can see the photos through my previous post the temples and monks. However, there’s not much place to eat ‘real’ Laos food, and interact with local people […]

  11. Ali says:

    İ will visit luang prabag next year. The ğhotos are amazing. Thanks for sharig!

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