"Mount Phu Si" Luang Prabang Things to Do Tip by Blatherwick

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  Mount Phu Si
by Blatherwick

Mount Phi Si is the most obvious landmark in Luang Prabang and the 350 stair climb is a must to get the best views. At the foot of the hill directly across from the Royal Palace is the abandoned temple of Wat Pa Huak. A large stupa and the closed-up sim is all that remains. Although faded, the intricately carved gable ends of the sim are still quite beautiful.

At the top of the mountain is That Chomsi which was erected in 1804. A small cave shrine called Wat Tham Phu Si hold a large Buddha just down the path from this. Wat Pha Phutthabaht on the NE side of the hill was constructed in 1395 on the site of a "Buddha footprint."

The entrance fee was 8,000 Kip (US $0.80) to get to the top of Phu Si. There is no fee to visit Wat Pa Huak or Wat Phra Buddabhat.

Directions: It's in the centre of town with the entrance directly opposite the Royal Palace.

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  • Written Apr 16, 2005
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