Wat in the Heavens: Luang Prabang’s Wat Chom Si

Stairs leading up to Wat Chom Si

In the center of Luang Prabang sits Mount Phou Si, and perched upon the top of that little mountain is the magnificent Wat Chom Si, one of Luang Prabang’s gorgeous temples. 100 meters high, Mount Phou Si is a bit of a trek, but the views from the top are the ultimate prize for dragging yourself up the mountain.

Steps going up to Wat Chom Si

Steps going down from Wat Chom Si

Going up to Wat Chom Si

Midway up to Wat Chom Si

Altar midway up to Wat Chom Si

View from midway up to Wat Chom Si

Matt midway up to Wat Chom Si

When you look out upon 360 degree views of the Mekong River, the Nam Khan River, the farms, rice paddies, and the town and smaller villages around it, the steep stairs leading up the hill fade from your memory, the direct sun beating down on your face doesn’t bother you as much, and the extreme humidity seems to dissipate.

Wat Chom Si

Roof of Wat Chom Si

Looking up at Wat Chom Si

Roof of Wat Chom Si 2

View of Wat Chom Si

View from Mount Phou Si

Tree on Mount Phou Si

View from Mount Phou Si 2

Andrea on Mount Phou Si

View from Mount Phou Si 3

View of Luang Prabang from Mount Phou Si

View from Mount Phou Si 4

Wat Chom Si details

Flowers on Mount Phou Si

Columns at Wat Chom Si

Small building at Wat Chom Si

View of houses below from Mount Phou Si

Andrea and Matt on Mount Phou Si

On the way back down the mountain, we saw Buddhist statues, shrines and altars in caves and on the mountainside, and a group of carefree children scampered playfully around the mountain, pausing only to flash us toothy grins and practice their English with a shouted “Hello!”

Kids playing on Mount Phou Si

Buddha statue on Mount Phou Si

Buddha statues on Mount Phou Si

Buddha statue on Mount Phou Si

Dragon with rice in mouth on Mount Phou Si

Altar on Mount Pho Si

Buddha laying down statue, Mount Phou Si

Praying Buddha statue, Mount Phou Si

Welcome sign Mount Phou Si cave

Outside cave, Mount Phou Si

Cave sign, Mount Phou Si

Inside cave on Mount Phou Si

Flowers on Mount Phou Si

Cat on Mount Phou Si

Decoration at temple on Mount Phou Si

Dragon statues on Mount Phou Si

Small temple on Mount Phou Si

Seeing Laos from this perspective made me feel thankful we could be there to witness those beautiful views, thankful we have strong enough legs to take us up and down a mountain, and thankful for a camera to capture it all so we could remember it forever.

Kids playing near Mount Phou Si

The views from the top of Mount Phou Si were breathtakingly beautiful–where in the world are some of your favorite viewpoints?

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4 Responses to “Wat in the Heavens: Luang Prabang’s Wat Chom Si”

  1. Melissa Marie March 6, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    Beautiful!

  2. Matt March 6, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    My favorite view is probably from Sacre Coeur in Paris!

  3. Lori Finley March 6, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    I agree with the Sacre Le Coeur in Paris, but I also thought of something right in our home state: the top of the Space Needle, eating a meal while rotating within an hour. On a beautiful, sunny day you see 360 degrees of a beautiful Seattle skyline!

    • Andrea March 7, 2013 at 11:38 am #

      Can you believe that after nearly ten years of living in Seattle, I’ve never eaten at that restaurant and I’ve only been to the Space Needle once! It might be time for another visit :)

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