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Wat Phu
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Wat Phu

Wat Phu
Best viewed large. Wat Phu is the name of these temple ruins, now World Heritage listed, in southern Laos. An earlier temple was built here in the 5th century, associated with the now-gone city of Shrestapura and dedicated to Shiva because of the spring (considered sacred) coming from the cliffs behind and the natural lingam-shaped outcrop (obscured by clouds) on the summit. In the 10th century it came under the rule of the Khmer Empire based in Angkor (in Cambodia) and the old temple was replaced in the 10th century with the current structures. Several centuries later it came under Lao control and consequent ongoing Buddhist use.

Wat Phu consisted of the causeway, seen at the right, leading between two substantial buildings, the North and South Palaces, then continuing up a stairway (hidden by the row of trees) to a series of shrines and other buildings. The causeway was flanked by several ornamental lakes ("barays", now mainly empty) There are seven stone terraces on the way to the spring at the top. More images to come.

It was extremely hot and humid for our visit, just writing this brings it all back! It's a fascinating place though and largely off the 'tourist trail'. Stay safe everyone, HFF and have a great weekend.

Gabi Lombardo, Holger Hagen, neira-Dan, Jörg and 51 other people have particularly liked this photo

48 comments - The latest ones
tiabunna club
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Wider view of Wat Phu.
4 months ago.
tiabunna club
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Looking up the entry causeway.
4 months ago. Edited 4 months ago.
Annemarie club
what a marvellous green place, balm for the eyes.
4 months ago.
©UdoSm club
4 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Remarquable et belle série verdoyante et reposante.
4 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Love this landscape with this wonderful green ! HFF, George ! Stay safe and enjoy the weekend !
4 months ago.
 Diana Australis
Diana Australis club
HFF George... lovely spot...lovely photos.
Have a cracker weekend
D xxxxxxx
4 months ago.
FotoArt club
Dieses Grün gibt es nur in Asien.
HFF und bleib weiterhin bei guter Gesundheit.
4 months ago.
 Old Owl
Old Owl club
HFF, George. Have a grand weekend and keep you and yours safe. HFF.
4 months ago.
LutzP club
Lots of green,HFF George
4 months ago.
Jean club
Beautiful images. I love the patches of mist and the PiP showing the pillars
4 months ago.
Xata club
So green...
4 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
Oustanding and beautiful capture, George **********************
4 months ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
de laatste groene wereld
4 months ago.
Nouchetdu38 club
Splendid tropical greenery**********
4 months ago.
 John Lawrence
John Lawrence club
Lovely Series George

HFF stay safe!
4 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Superb images and lush greenery George
HFF and a nice weekend.
4 months ago.
Berny club
what a great place for the ruins!
HFF and a safe weekend, George!
4 months ago.
Betty【ツ】 club
4 months ago.
Ecobird club
A fabulous series of images George. What a magical place, - it must be an interesting place to visit. I love the way the cloud creates atmosphere. HFF and have a good weekend
4 months ago.
Christa1004 club
It looks to be a fascinating and faraway place. Thanks also for the interesting information. HFF George.
4 months ago.
Ruebenkraut club
4 months ago.
 Dimas Sequeira
Dimas Sequeira club
Fantastic UNESCO site, very well presented! HFF, George!
4 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Beautiful shots! HFF! Stay well!

Admired in:
4 months ago.
LotharW club
HFF und ein schönes Wochenende!
4 months ago.
 Cheryl Kelly (cher12861 on flickr)
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4 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
4 months ago.
Gudrun club
Absolutely fascinating! The clouds give an impression of the humidity, I imagine you must have been dripping.... HFF, George, have a good weekend!
4 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Beautiful series George; like the different green colours.
HFF and stay safe and healthy.
4 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
HFF, very nice
4 months ago.
 Dida From Augsburg
Dida From Augsburg club
Fascinating place, great series - thanks for the interesting information!

HFF, George!
4 months ago.
 Herb Riddle
Herb Riddle club
A great scene series here with an illusive fence George. Well done.

HFF, enjoy the weekend in safety.
4 months ago.
Léopold club
Nature luxuriante abondamment arrosée en septembre !
4 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Three beautiful pictures George.
HFF and wish you a good weekend.
4 months ago.
RHH club
Fantastic photos, George, and superb information. Would love to see this.
4 months ago.
RHH club
Have a good day.
4 months ago.
RHH club
4 months ago.
Chris10 club
Very very nice view and place to be George...

Greetz, Christien.
4 months ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
Fascinating images George, HFF I hope that you have a pleasant weekend
4 months ago.
 Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann club
Beautiful terraces and plenty shades of green! A great image!
HFF and have a nice weekend
4 months ago.
 Erhard Bernstein
Erhard Bernstein club
HFF George!
4 months ago.
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi George

A very nice picture, and I did find the fence!!

Best Wishes, HFF, a nice weekend, and stay safe!!
4 months ago.
 Percy Schramm
Percy Schramm club
What a fantastic landscape, George. Seems to be really a lovely region.
HFF, wish you a nice weekend !
4 months ago.
 Steve Paxton
Steve Paxton club
Lush landscape HFF from the west.
4 months ago.
trester88 club
Beeindruckende grüne Landschaft!
HFF und ein schönes Wochenende! Bleib gesund!
4 months ago.
 Janet Brien
Janet Brien club
The color is just so beautiful and rich! Hot and humid? I can only imagine how sticky and drippy you must have been in this place. Oddly, I acclimate to jungle humidity quite well--when we were in Costa Rica and Belize, the humidity didn't bother us at all. I'm just very slippery from dawn until dusk, lol!

What a pretty place...and how nice that you were off the beaten path so not buried in tourists...boy does that get old!

Heh, Annemarie's comment is dead-on! :) I'm more relaxed just looking at these images. :)

Finally, HFF!!!
4 months ago.
©UdoSm club
4 months ago.
RHH club
Congratulations on Explore.
4 months ago.

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