Wat Phou and Champasak town, Laos
A little guide to the stunning temples at Wat Phou, built between the 11th and 13th centuries - and the nearby cute little town of Champasak.
Vat Phu - Champasak, Laos
I recently visited Vat Phu or Wat Phou a ruined Khmer Hindu temple complex in southern Laos.
This ancient site is located at the base of mount Phu Kao, some 6 km from the Mekong river in Champasak province .There was a temple on the site as early as the 5th century, but the surviving structures date from the 11th to 13th centuries.
The temple has a unique structure, in which the elements lead to a shrine where a linga ( a representation of the Hindu deity Shiva) was bathed in water from a mountain spring. Traces of this spring are still in evidence today.
The site later became a centre of Theravada Buddhist worship, which it remains today.
Vat Phu Champasak | Laos | Khmer Temple
Vat Phu [ Vat Phou/ Wat Phou] Champasak / Khmer Temple in Southern Laos by Digital Culture 2014
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Wat Phou - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Wat Phou is a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site in southern Laos. Located just near the town of Champasak, it rises grandly up the side of a mountain towards a lingam, a Hindu fertility symbol. The temple dates back to the 11th and 12th centuries, and is a fascinating example of Hindu art and architecture. Let's have a closer look!
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Champasak - Wat Phu - Pakse - Laos - 16/18
Champasak (Lao: ຈຳປາສັກ [càmpàːsák]) is a small town in southern Laos, on the west bank of the Mekong River about 40 km south of Pakse, the capital of Champasak Province.
The town was once the seat of the Kingdom of Champasak, an independent Lao state which was abolished by the French in 1945 when they created the Kingdom of Laos, but the last King of Champasak had his palace in Pakse. Today the town is very small, consisting mostly of guesthouses along the riverbank, catering to tourists visiting the Wat Phu temple ruins some 10 km away.
Vat Phou (or Wat Phu; Lao: ວັດພູ [wāt pʰúː] temple-mountain) is a ruined Khmer Hindu temple complex in southern Laos. It is located at the base of mount Phu kao, some 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the Mekong in Champasak Province. There was a temple on the site as early as the 5th century, but the surviving structures date from the 11th to 13th centuries.
The temple has a unique structure, in which the elements lead to a shrine where a lingam dedicated to Lord Shiva was bathed in water from a mountain spring. The site later became a centre of Theravada Buddhist worship, which it remains today.
Wat Phou, a Ruined Khmer Temple Complex in Laos
Wat Phu is a ruined Khmer temple complex in southern Laos. It is located at the base of mount Phu Kao, some 6km from the Mekong river in Champasak province. There was a temple on the site as early as the 5th century, but the surviving structures date from the 11th to 13th centuries. The temple has a unique structure, in which the elements lead to a shrine where a linga was bathed in water from a mountain spring. The site later became a centre of Theravada Buddhist worship, which it remains today.
Wat Phou was initially associated with the city of Shrestapura, which lay on the bank of the Mekong directly east of mount Phu Kao. By the latter part of the 5th century the city was already the capital of a kingdom which texts and inscriptions connect with both Chenla and Champa, and the first structure on the mountain was constructed around this time. The mountain gained spiritual importance from the linga-shaped protuberance on its summit; the mountain itself was therefore considered the home of Shiva, and the river as representing the ocean or the Ganges River.
Wat Phou was a part of the Khmer empire, centred on Angkor to the southwest, at least as early as the 10th century. Shrestapura was superseded by a new city in the Angkorian period, located directly south of the temple. In the later period, the original buildings were replaced, re-using some of the stone blocks; the temple now seen was built primarily during the 11th century. Minor changes were made during the following two centuries, before the temple, like most in the empire, was converted to Theravada Buddhist use. This continued after the area came under control of the Lao, and a festival is held on the site each February.
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Wat Phou Temple Complex in Champasak, Laos
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Vat Phou (Laos)
(EN) Vat Phou or Wat Phu (Lao: ວັດພູ [wāt pʰúː] temple-mountain) is a ruined Khmer temple complex in southern Laos. It is located at the base of mount Phu Kao, some 6 km from the Mekong river in Champasak province. There was a temple on the site as early as the 5th century, but the surviving structures date from the 11th to 13th centuries. The temple has a unique structure, in which the elements lead to a shrine where a linga was bathed in water from a mountain spring. The site later became a centre of Theravada Buddhist worship, which it remains today.
(F) Le Vat Phou (en Lao, ວັດພູ 'wāt pʰúː : « temple de la montagne », vat phu) surplombe une colline des monts Pasak, située dans la province de Champassak, à l'extrême sud du Laos. Le point culminant de la chaîne de montagne, le Phou Kao, a une forme particulière, identifiée dans l'antiquité à un lingam, symbole phallique de Shiva, d'où son nom ancien de Lingaparvata, et sa réputation de montagne sacrée. Une source présente sur le site a vraisemblablement incité les anciens rois de la région à installer là un sanctuaire shivaïte.
Ce site a été occupé successivement par plusieurs temples dès le ve siècle. Certains auteurs situent à cet endroit la capitale du royaume de Chenla (Tchen-La de Terre) fondée par le roi Shresthavarman à cette époque.
L'ensemble des constructions visibles ont été construites par les Khmers qui administrèrent le Laos pendant une grande partie de l'Empire khmer (xe au xiie siècles).
Après un second édifice au ixe siècle, associant déjà un sanctuaire et des ouvrages hydrauliques, le temple visible actuellement fut construit au xiie siècle en même temps qu'une retenue d'eau (baray) pendant le règne de Sūryavarman II alors que celui-ci guerroyait au Champâ et au Đai Viêt, plus à l'est.
Par la suite, Vat Phou devint un sanctuaire bouddhiste très vivant et l'est resté jusqu'à nos jours : chaque année, en janvier ou février, le 15e jour de la lune croissante du 3e mois, a lieu un pèlerinage qui attire de nombreux fidèles Lao coïncidant avec la fête bouddhiste du Makha Busa.
L'ensemble est orienté selon un axe est-ouest, et depuis la plaine, escalade le flanc de la montagne pour aboutir au sanctuaire, situé sur une terrasse au pied de la falaise où coule la source sacrée. Le site commence avec deux barays (lacs artificiels), ensuite une allée de grès bordée de bornes mène aux deux grands palais (nord et sud). De là part une route ancienne surélevée qui conduit au temple de Nang Sida et continuait vers Angkor.
On peut voir les vestiges d'un petit édifice (milieu du xie siècle), souvent appelé temple de Nandin (le taureau sacré, monture de Shiva). Une suite d'escaliers et de terrasses donne accès au sanctuaire principal (milieu du xie siècle, style du Baphuon), flanqué d'une bibliothèque. La source sacrée se situe derrière le sanctuaire en bas de la falaise et alimentait originellement l'arrière du sanctuaire. De nombreux éléments sculptés sont visibles aux alentours.
(D) Der Tempelbezirk Wat Phou und die Kulturlandschaft Champasak sind eine von zwei Weltkulturerbestätten in Laos. Wat Phou und die Stadt Champasak befinden sich in der südlichsten laotischen Provinz, Champasak. Champasak liegt direkt am Mekong und Wat Phou in unmittelbarer Nähe am Fuße des Berges Lingamparvata.
Champasak ist über eine Fähre über den Mekong an die Nationalstraße 13 auf der linken Mekongseite und damit an Pakse angebunden. Der Ausbau der Sandstraße auf der rechten Mekongseite zur Mekongbrücke Pakses ist beschlossen. Wat Phou ist von Champasak aus über eine asphaltierte Straße zu erreichen.
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Wat Phu - Champasack ( 4k Drone )
A flight from the bottom village to Wat Phu, a Unesco World Heritage site. One of the most Holy-iest place in Southern Laos.
Upper Level of Wat Phu Champasak World Heritage Site, Laos
I climb to the upper level of Wat Phu Champasak World Heritage Site, Laos, and locate a boulder with an elephant carving. I also find a chunk of an ancient staircase flanked by two snakes. Then after a great deal of searching, I locate the other famous rock carving, a crocodile.
LAOS: Champasak, Wat Phu Temple Festival!
Made by a photo-camera: Tipical Laos Dances at Wat Phu Festival, Champasak, 2009, at night
Entering Wat Phu Champasak World Heritage Site, Laos
Just after I park my motorbike along the dirt road, it starts drizzling again. I enter Wat Phu Champasak World Heritage Site, Laos, at noon. After pausing to read the brochure I was given with my ticket, I take the shuttle from the entrance area past the barays (ceremonial ponds). The rain starts again as I walk along the lower-section promenade, which is lined with stone lotus buds. I then reach the middle level and two quadrangular pavilions built of sandstone and laterite. The pavilions are believed to have been built during the mid-900s to early 1000s.
The 1000 year old temples of Wat Phou | Pakse, Laos
Wat Phou (Vat Phou, Vat Phu - meaning Mountain Temple), is a ruined Khmer-Hindu Temple complex in the Southern part of Laos. It is roughly 45 mins to an hour away from the town of Pakse. Watch the video and then follow the link below to read the blog post.
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Wat Phu festival Laos Champasak
Bun Wat Phou Champasak Festival
The highlight of the year in Champasak is this three-day festival, held as part of Magha Puja (Makha Busa) during the full moon of the third lunar month, usually in February. The central ceremonies performed are Buddhist, culminating on the full-moon day with an early-morning parade of monks receiving alms from the faithful, followed that evening by a candlelit wéean téean (circumambulation) of the lower shrines.
Throughout the three days of the festival Lao visitors climb around the hillside, stopping to pray and leave offerings of flowers and incense. The festival is more commercial than it once was, and for much of the time has an atmosphere somewhere between a kids carnival and music festival. Events include Thai boxing matches, cockfights, comedy shows and plenty of music and dancing, as bands from as far away as Vientiane arrive. After dark the beer and lòw-lów (Lao whisky) flow freely and the atmosphere gets pretty rowdy. from Lonely planet
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Vat Phou (Wat Phu; ວັດພູ/老挝占巴塞瓦普庙), Champasak, Laos, 2019
Being located at the foot of Champasak mountains, this religious complex of Vat Phou, a combination of Khmer architecture and Hindu religion was built during the first part of the 11th century, with some additions and reconstructions in the 12th and 13th centuries. Some inscriptions belonging to the fifth and sixth century AD do mention a sanctuary built on the hill, together with the foundation of the city, but this building has disappeared and was replaced by the religious complex that we see today. Vat Phou is on the list of Unesco World Heritage since 2001.