Rising to prominence in the 1300’s as the seat of the Kingdom of Lane Xang (Kingdom of a Million Elephants) the town of Luang Prabang lies nestled in the mountain ranges in northern Laos on the banks of the Mekong River.
As with the rest of Laos, Luang Prabang suffered through sixty years of civil war and from devastating strife spilling over from the Vietnam War. In the years since its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995, this remarkable town has rapidly emerged from long years of isolation.
Perhaps the most cohesive element in the Lao peoples’ resilience and survival is the deeply entrenched Buddhism of the nation. Nowhere is this truer than in Luang Prabang, with its unique blend of material and immaterial cultural practices; and it is here where the Buddhist Heritage Project works to develop all segments of the society in a meaningful and sustainable manner.
Luang Prabang is among the most intriguing towns in the world, with its unique culture, infused by centuries of Buddhist traditions, and the striking natural beauty of the rivers, mountains and forests. Mere words cannot do justice to Luang Prabang. Please browse through these photographs which speak more eloquently; better yet, visit Luang Prabang and be enchanted!