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Wat Phu Sanctuary

Wat Phu Sanctuary
The Wat Phu Sanctuary was originally built as a Hindu temple, somewhere about the 10th century. With the demise of the Khmer empire, it came under Lao and Buddhist conrol about the 14th century. It has since been a Theravada Buddhist temple and it's fair to say they have slipped somewhat on maintenance! See also Pip 1. Above the entrances are ornamental lintels, the one in PiP 2 showing the Hindu god Indra riding the three-headed elephant Airavata. Laos was known as the land of the elephants and Airavata became the official symbol of the Lao monarchy.

A note for anyone visiting Wat Phu, just be aware that it's a fair climb from the flat to the top and hot going!

Ruebenkraut, Fred Fouarge, Nouchetdu38, Amelia Heath and 25 other people have particularly liked this photo


18 comments - The latest ones
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
SMALL P1160909B
3 months ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
SMALL P1160906
3 months ago.
 ©UdoSm
©UdoSm club
Great pictures of this very old place of worship.
Have a nice weekend...
3 months ago.
 Jean
Jean club
What beautiful decorative features there are. Well worth the climb.
3 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Admirable série de ce superbe sanctuaire..!
Les notes sont fabuleuses.
Bon weekend salutaire.
3 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
A very impressive building, George !
3 months ago.
 Luc Reiniche
Luc Reiniche club
Fabuleux et fascinant !!!!
3 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
So highly decorated with beautiful carvings George.
A lovely series.
3 months ago.
 Janet Brien
Janet Brien club
WOW!! What a lovely place! I am really crazy about the texture of the stone and what appears to be lichen all over to create the blotching. I love all of the details of the building with the inset sculptures and wonderful decorations. Both insets are equally super...the side shot is really cool and the detail shot is just what I love to see, giving attention to just one jaw-dropping detail, of which there are seemingly countless which make up this grand old place. TY for sharing, and for the super information too. Sounds like a cool shower needs to be installed up there for visitors when they arrive! :D
3 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Interesting images and info
3 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Extraordinary shots! Stay well!

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3 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
GLORIOUS CARVING
3 months ago.
 RHH
RHH club
Wonderful stone work and too bad it is not maintained better. Have always wanted to see these and other temples in the area.
3 months ago.
 Betty【ツ】
Betty【ツ】 club
I find it sinister, it gives off bad vibes!
3 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Excellent set of images George
3 months ago.
 Marije Aguillo
Marije Aguillo club
Preciosas tomas de esos extraordinarios templos. Estuve en Noviembre del pasado año, último largo viaje en mucho tiempo :-((
3 months ago.
 Gudrun
Gudrun club
In a certain state of disrepair with the greenery creeping in it looks all the more mystical! The 2nd PiP very clearly shows it once was a Hindu temple.
3 months ago.
 Nouchetdu38
Nouchetdu38 club
EXCELLENT*****
3 months ago.

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