Vientiane, The Capital of Laos

Vientiane has many beautiful temples, and I'd like to share a few of them with you.

In the picture below, I found the juxtaposition below interesting – the old and the modern, both coexisting.

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In one general area we saw the Sacred Stupa, and many other beautiful wats and statues.

The Sacred Stupa below is the biggest I've seen so far – the reason being is that it may have the collarbone of Buddha.

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A pagoda on the same premises.

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A few photos of me in meditation pose in the temple.

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A simple statue. Honoring the Buddha within.

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The Sacred Stupa can be seen from temple.

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I walk around into another temple area, discovering more beauty.

A giant thirty-foot buddha statue.

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Nagas (seven-headed serpent). This is beginning to feel a bit Hindu.

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Multiple arms? Feeling more Hindu.

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Garuda! A mythical bird in both Hinduism and Buddhism.

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It was interesting to see a blend of Buddhism and Hinduism in the above statues. It was familiar yet new for me.

This is the last major city we visit in Laos. After this Dev and I head to Four Thousand Islands.

Here we spend a lot of time in our simple bungalows, on a small sleepy island, relaxing. I enjoyed doing yoga and meditation on the porch in the mornings, in front of the Mekong river.

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The steady flow of the Mekong River.

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One morning I wake up to find Dev sleeping in the hammock, covered with a mosquito net. My first thought was, “wish I thought of that!”

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I enjoyed being disconnected for a bit (no WiFi in our bungalows). I had time to reflect, write, and slow down for a bit. It can be mentally taxing to always have to be planning where to go next, planning the logistics, adapting to a new environment.

Next destination: Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

 

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