Every morning at dawn, the monks that inhabit the myriad of temples in Luang Prabang complete their morning alms ritual. Starting around 6am, the monks leave their temples and head out onto the city streets where locals and tourists alike gather to provide the monks with their daily rations of rice.
While similar rituals occur in many towns across Southeast Asia, Luang Prabang offers one of the most active processions, along with the beautiful backdrop of this UNESCO protected city.
It is important to follow strict rules if you wish to take part in the ceremony. If you are simply watching, it is important to remain a respectful distance away, be quiet, and refrain from using your camera’s flash.
The photo above shows a group of monks receiving alms from locals during their procession. As you can see, the monks are given a small clump of rice by each participant as they walk down the streets of the city.
If you are ever in Luang Prabang, Laos, I highly recommend waking up to see the ritual. While it starts early, it is very beautiful, and will give you a chance to see the city at its quietest and most serene