An early morning event, it is one of the main attractions in this UNESCO Heritage town that lures tourists not to miss. It is a spiritual ceremony in Buddhism so tourists must not disturb it.
For sure I wouldn’t miss it, I woke up very early. Yeah, 3 am. The event is around 5 – 6 am. It was still quite dark. My hostel is just in Kingkitsarath Road which is just few meters away from Sakkaline Road. There were some few tourists already. Locals were now preparing their alms (sticky rice and other donations). But before the event, something caught my attention. Oh, the sunrise! I ran to the corner of Mekong River and Nam Khan River. Oh my, the lovely dusk. That dark sky slowly turned into orange. See my other post in sunrise and sunset photography.
I went back to the location and wait for the monks lining up in the street in their tangerine/orange robe. It was my first time. I didn’t heard about it until I did a research about Laos in preparation for my solo backpacking trip.
Luang Prabang has a lot of monasteries due to many temples built in this tiny town. More monasteries means more monks. More monks means longer line during alms giving. This what makes the alms giving in Luang Prabang unique from other Buddhist places. What makes it further more appealing is the event is happening right just within the vicinity of the temples which provides a backdrop of history and architecture.
Another dimension that made that day a milestone in my entire life, it was my birthday. And it was the day I witnessed the other side of the earth, where people and the place is very far from the scene of media-saturated and highly urbanized cities. No pollution. No traffic. What you can see is a community doing the very basic and very foundation of their religion and belief. A scene you should not miss when visiting Luang Prabang.