At the height of 150 metres, Phousi Hill, which means “sacred hill”, a distinctive cut on the Luang Prabang skyline, is the host to many temples and also the best place to watch sunrise or sunset in the city.
Phousi, which means “sacred hill”, is a small mountain of about 100m high; located in the center of Luang Prabang, located on the peninsula between the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. You can pray and make offerings at several temples along the way to the top. At the top of Mount Phousi is the golden Wat Chomsi, which was built in 1804. You can buy flowers to offer for blessings, as well as caged birds. Lao people believe that if you set a bird free you will enjoy good luck and happiness in the future.
Wat Chom Si
Two different stairways to the top
Just opposite of the Royal Palace Museum is the most often used way to get up to the top of Phousi Hill with 328 steps. It is usually combined with another stairway of 355 steps down hill on Thanon Phousi to get the most of the views and shrines visits. Along the climb, visitors will see various golden colored Buddha statues; for example a Buddha holding an alms bowl, a Buddha in the calling for rain mudra, a Buddha in the meditation mudra sheltered by the hood of the multi headed serpent Mucalinda, a reclining Buddha and a sitting Buddha surrounded by followers.
Way to the top
Entrance fee of 10.000 Kips (~1 USD)
Bring a bottle of water, a hat and some mosquito repellent.
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