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Pak Ou

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Buddha Cave Pak Ou  Laos
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Buddha statues in lower Pak Ou Cave on the Mekong River north of Luang Prabang, Laos.

Pak Ou is a series of limestone caves which contain hundreds of Buddha statues palced there over the centuries. It is a popular pilgrimage site for local people, especially during Lao New Year in April when the caves are crowded with devotees who gain merit by ceremonially washing the Buddha statues. The caves can be reached by boat from Luang Prabang in about 30-40 minutes.