The Saffron-Robed Monks of Luang Prabang, Laos

The Saffron-Robed Monks of Luang Prabang, Laos

The Saffron-Robed Monks of Luang Prabang, Laos


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The magical city of Luang Prabang, Laos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of those cities that you plan on spending a couple of days in and end up spending a week (like I did). Located in north central Laos, where the Nam Khan River meets the Mekong River, what makes this place so enchanting is the French Indochinese architecture, the picturesque Theravada Buddhist temples and the numerous saffron-robed monks walking around town.

Every morning at 5:30 am the streets of Luang Prabang are flooded with saffron-clad monks who perform a Buddhist tradition called Tak Bat or morning alms. The monks leave their monastery and walk in a single file, oldest first, carrying their alms bowls. Locals and tourists kneel along the sidewalks offering food, namely the local Lao sticky rice. All this is done in complete silence.

I captured this novice monk running to catch up with the rest of his fellow monks. I used a slow shutter speed and panning motion to make this photograph.

Check back for more of my adventures in Laos!

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