Attraction Chua Phat Tich Section 13 on 24, Luang Prabang, Laos Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Wat Phra Bat Tai is special ?
Wat Phra Bat Tai is honoured by the small Vietnamese community of Luang Prabang as their temple, and services are in Vietnam and Laos. It was originally called Wat Keo, when it was just a wooden temple built in the 17th century.
The name Keo denotes Vietnamese, because the small Vietnamese community in Luang Prabang worshipped there.
The original sim of Wat Keo burnt down in 1833. The present temple complex, now renamed Wat Phra Bat Tai, is distinctly Vietnamese in style, which is more flamboyant than the Laotian style. The Vietnamese name for Wat Phra Bat Tai is Chua Phat Tich.
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What to explore at Wat Phra Bat Tai?
Visiting Wat Phra Bat Tai (a 17th century Buddhist temple with strong Vietnamese influence) you will find a small chapel where another Buddha’s footprint was housed. This footprint could be seen in 2 ways — either through the main opening in front of the footprint, or through a hole behind the footprint.
Studied the footprint from both openings and saw that it was very similar to the traditional depiction of Buddha’s footprint. The toes each were decorated with a wheel-like symbol.
There is a huge Buddha footprint, an important object of veneration, in the grounds, and at the far western end of the wat there are steps leading to the Mekong.
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- A piece of historical
- A must visit in Luang Prabang
- An important object of veneration
- Good way to discover Laos culture
- An ideal spot to watch the sunset
Chua Phat Tich Section 13 on 24, Luang Prabang, Laos
Tips for you
This is a very beautiful monastery, worth the visit. Is on the banks of the Mekong River. It is an attraction that if you have the opportunity, should be visited.