Wat Lao Buddhavong July 4th, 2009 Water Lilies in July

Continued from Wat Lao Buddhavong July 4th, 2009 the 30 Year Anniversary Celebration

As I’ve mentioned in my Lotus or Water Lily at Biltmore post that in Buddhism, the lotus is one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols and one of the most poignant representations of Buddhist teaching, so not surprised to see it here at Wat Lao Buddhavong. In Buddhist teaching, the roots of a lotus are in the mud, the stem grows up through the water, and the heavily scented flower lies pristinely above the water, basking in the sunlight. This pattern of growth signifies the progress of the soul from the primeval mud of materialism, through the waters of experience, and into the bright sunshine of enlightenment (source).

Continued at:  Wat Lao Buddhavong July 4th, 2009 the 30 Year Anniversary Celebration Slideshow


  1. Wow!!! Ngarm nor… Ja man dork bua lai nor… mee pa yu va?? Kob jai der for sharing all those pictures.

    • Hi seeharhed, thanks and you’re welcome. There are lots of turtles and there are fish in there but not sure what kind.

  2. How pretty! I would love to just sit on a little boat in the middle of the river/pond while enjoying a book and a nice day!!!!

  3. The pond looks beautiful. Did you see any lotus pod (seeds)… I would love to eat them fresh.

    My mom said we are not allow to eat or take anything from the Wat without permission from the monks. Or risk being “Pee Paid” roaming the temple grounds. 😉 Have you heard this story too?

    And water lilies and lotus always remind me of peace and enlightenment too.

    • Lila, my parents also taught us not to take anything from Wat, and when we visited our local Wat, the monk always tell us to go pick the vegetables from his garden, and if we don’t do it right away, then he would order his novice monk to do it for us, and anything big we’ve to Busa (barter by donation) for it. I heard story of Pee Paid wearing white with long hair that jump down from the tree to scare people when I was little, must be the white nun (Mae Cee) that took stuff from the temple grounds. 😉

      I didn’t see any lotus pod (seeds), but might have it in late July or early August, my GI Joe sister was there late July 2 years ago and there were a few pods that I see in this picture.

  4. Omg, i love water lilies! I hadn’t see any for along time ever since I left laos 😦

    • shadow, I’m so drawn to water lilies because they made me think of Laos and Thailand, and when I visited Laos last year, I saw many along the way but didn’t stop because my cousin told me that there were plenty in Luang Prabang, and when we got there, I didn’t find any. It’s real pretty along the country side.

      • It is and I miss it so much. I still remember back in Laos everyday I walk to school I have to make sure I walk by and see them first. When you look at the flower it is so peaceful and pretty.

        • shadow, thanks for sharing, I also had to walk to school in Thailand but passed mostly rice paddies. 🙂

            • shadow, I think the prettiest paddies that I saw are in Thailand, our family were farmers there, Laos paddies are also beautiful. 🙂 Rice paddies are beautiful to look at, and I learn to appreciate the hard work that goes into it.

    • Hi yai, thanks for stopping by. I believed you must be talking about The Jatukarm Ramathep lucky charm, there are many around but no telling if you’d get the real or fake one this day. I wrote several posts on this if you’re interested in learning more.

    • Hi Kon Thai Hater, I left Laos when I turned six, but I don’t hate Khon Thai, and I don’t blame anyone that do hate Khon Thai because I heard numerous tales of Thai people treating Lao people badly, but not every Thai are like that and I tried not to judge people based on my personal experiences.

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