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Monday, September 24, 2012

Laos, Visiting Buddha Cave

 

Leaving a brief stop at a Mekong River village, we continue down the river towards Buddha Cave. The scenery along the river continues to be amazing as we are surrounded by rich green foliage and towering jagged shaped mountains.

 

 

040Cruising down Mekong River

 

 

048Buddha Cave was first used by locals that worshiped “The Spirit Of Nature”.

It was not until the 16th century that it became apart of Buddhism.

 

 

Every New Year since then Buddha Cave would be visited by The Royal Family as Buddhism had become a part of Laos culture.

Today, here you can see many statues of Buddha, some dating back to the 16th century. There are two sets of caves located here, a lower and upper cave. A small entrance fee is required to visit both.

 

061To visit the upper cave requires a little bit of physical stamina as there are a steep set of stairs to climb.

 

 

 

 

Definitely worth the effort as you get beautiful views of the Mekong River below. Across the river on the eastern edges is a farming and fishing village whose residents are responsible for taking care of Buddha Cave.

 

 

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