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Wat Prabath Phonsanh and the Legend of Naga – Part I Wat Prabath

There are 2 temples, Wat Prabath and Wat Phonsanh, but to the locals it’s only known as Wat Prabath Phonsanh.  Wat Prabath is right off from Highway 13, in Borikhamxay province which is located in central part of Laos, right in between Vientiane and Paksan.

Wat Prabath

What got me curious about this temple was when we passed the temple by car, all my relatives would put their hands in a wai position (upside down Y) to show respect, and they’d do this every time when they pass the temple.  My relatives explained to me that it is the most sacred temple in the area, and when they have Boun (Buddhist Festival), it’s almost as crowded as Boun That Luang.

The temple got its name from the footprint of the Buddha, which Prabath means Buddha’s footprint.  The footprint of the Buddha shrine is an important pilgrimage site, and the landscape is made out of natural stone, as if it was once a stone forest.

Wat Prabath

Wat Prabath

Above are photos of the temple sim.  Below is a stupa or That that looks very much like the Empire State Building in my opinion.

Wat Prabath stupa

Empire State Building, photo by David Shankbone
Empire State Building, photo by David Shankbone

Wat Prabath stupa

Wat Prabath Stupa

Wat Prabath Stupa

Wat Prabath

Behind the stupa is a shrine of Buddha’s footprint, also known as Prabath for the locals.

Shrine for Buddha's footprint

Shrine for Prabath

Shrine for Prabath

Shrine for Prabath

Shrine for Prabath

They were doing some restoration work when we got there.

Shrine for Prabath

Shrine for Prabath

Prabath or Buddha’s footprint.

Shrine for Prabath

There is another sim with a reclining Buddha statue.

Wat Prabath

Reclining Buddha

Recling Buddha

Reclining Buddha

Wat Prabath

Tamarine Tree Tamarine Tree

Natural stone landscape also known to the locals as Taran Hin, I was told by my cousin that when Wat Prabath Phonsanh have their annual festival, there is not an inch of space left on this natural stone courtyard, people would sit everywhere.

Natural stone courtyard

Stone landscape

Wat Prabath

Wat Phonsanh has an interesting story of Phrayanark or Naga.  The temple sits next to the Mekong River, approximately ½ mile or less from Wat Prabath.

Continued : Wat Prabath Phonsanh and the Legend of Naga – Part II Wat Phonsanh

3 thoughts on “Wat Prabath Phonsanh and the Legend of Naga – Part I Wat Prabath”

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