Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Climb Mount Phousi and have an amazing view

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Hike up from Sisavong Road in the centre more than 328 steps to Mount Phousi and visit Wat Phra That Chomsi, built in 1804 by King Anourathurath. From the terrace below the golod stupa (that) you have a panoramic view of the more than 30 temples in the town with gold-leaved roofs and the hills with dense forest around. Every time when the monks are pounding on their drums, you will feel as you were in meditation. Or watch the sunset over the Mekong River from here! A legend surrounds Mount Phou Si, it’s about a deep pit that led to the centre of the earth. Read, why the drums, gong and cymbals are beaten every three hours at nearby Wat Thum Thao.

South of Mount Phousi: Nam Khan River, newer parts of the town and mountains.

Northeast of Mount Phousi: Old town and Mekong river.

Buddha on Mount Phousi at Wat Chom Si

Go down now on the staircase to Phousi Road. you will come to Wat Tham Phu Si, a small cave temple, and Wat Phra Bat Nua, where you discover a yard long footprint of the Buddha.

Buddha in the cave of Wat Tham Phu Si

Wednesday Buddha

Tuesday Buddha

Friday Buddha

Saturday, December 27, 2008

From silk to art: Shops and galleries

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Art on Tile Gallery: Painted works from local artists.

Baan Khily: Sakarine Road. At this gallery in the old Alliance Francaise Building you can buy sǎa, handmade paper sheets, books and lanterns made from mulberry bark as well as other Lao crafts. and write about Oliver Bandmann, the owner. He also introduced elephant-dung paper production and created the Help Elephants Foundation.

Camacrafts: Above JoMa Bakery. Handicrafts from Hmong and Lao village women.

Lifescene wallhanging from Camacrafts. The Lifescene contains images of Hmong and Lao life that are embroidered onto “story cloth”. Each wallhanging is a unique original. There are no patterns. The artists stich the scenes from their life experience.

Caruso Lao: Sakarine Road. Caruso Lao's carvers, turners, silversmiths and weavers transform the natural treasures of Laos into handcrafted furnishings and fashion accessories.

Fibre2Fabric Gallery:

Kopnoi: Near l'étranger books and tea and on Sisavangvong Street in front of primary school. Eco-dyed cotton apparel collection for men, women & kids. Also silk apparel & accessories, designer jewelry, spices and delicacies.

Laha Sinh: The Pouthai women of Savannakhet Province are well known for hand woven, organically-grown, indigo-colored cotton fabric. Laha Sinh company is marketing their work.

Mulberries: Upstairs from JoMa Bakery and Café. Silk shop.

Ock Pop Tok. Lao Textile Gallery and Waving Centre. Ock Pop Tok is the Lao translation for east meets west. Two Galleies and shops with clothes and wall hangings in the old town and a weaving centre two kilometres south of the old town, 50 metres after Phosy Market. Read more about Lao Textiles.

Samsara Restaurant & Gallery:

Satri Lao: Sisavangvong Road. Silks, jewellery, home furnishing.

Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre: The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre is a museum. It is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the traditional arts and lifestyles of the diverse ethnic groups of Laos. The Museum Shop promotes handicrafts from village artisans. Le Patio Café is part of the museum.