Luang Prabang, a small city on the banks of the Mekong River in Laos, with its concentration of temples and monasteries, is home to a rich Buddhist culture. Photographer Hans Georg Berger, the first Western artist to work in Luang Prabang since the end of the Vietnam War, spent five years—and took 11,000 photos—documenting the resurgence of Theravada Buddhist practice in the wake of the Pathet Lao revolution. This photo essay is from his book Het Bun Oai Bun-Laos: Sacred Rituals of Luang Prabang (Trafalgar Square, 2001).


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