Mount Phousi

Attraction Mount. Phousi Luang Prabang Laos Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
04:30 PM
06:00 PM
Second-time visit
Temple & Monument
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Phousi Hill, also called Phousi Mountain is a small mountain in the center of Luang Prabang, located on the peninsula between the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers.

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Why Mount Phousi is special ?

Mount Phousi is an extremely sacred place for Laotian people. On its summit sits a golden That Chomsi stupa which offers fabulous panorama of Luang Prabang city, its surrounding mountains and the Mekong River. 

Phou Si, which means “sacred hill” is about 100 meters high. Although it is quite a climb to the top, it is worth the effort. From the top you will have great 360 degree views of Luang Prabang, the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers and the forested mountains.

When the weather is clear you can see all the way up to the golden stupa of the Wat Phra Phome Phao Santi Chedi forest temple on the mountains East of Luang Prabang.

On top of Phousi Hill is a narrow platform with a small Buddhist temple and a golden stupa. The hill is a popular place to watch the sunset; the narrow platform fills up quickly and gets pretty crowded.


What to explore at Mount Phousi?

Two ways to the top

Two stairways lead to the top of the hill. To get the most of the views and shrines, take one up and the other one down. The way up most often used is found on Sisavangvong road, opposite the Royal Palace Museum; 328 steps will get you to the top.

Another stairway is on Thanon Phousi with a total of 355 steps and several viewpoints along the way to the top. At the start of the stairway is a small restaurant with a map showing the various attractions on Phousi Hill. A short climb up the stairs is a display of golden colored Buddha images in several mudras; among them are a Buddha holding an alms bowl, a Buddha image 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. About halfway up is a small cave temple sometimes called Wat Tham Phousi housing several Buddha images.

That Chomsi

On top of the hill is That Chomsi, a golden pagoda topped with a 7 tiered parasol. The slender pagoda is set on a white painted, rectangular base. It was built by King Anourat in 1804. Next to the stupa is a small viharn housing a large seated Buddha image surrounded by smaller ones. The golden That Chomsi atop the hill is visible glittering in the sun from much of Luang Prabang.


How to get to Mount Phousi?

Phousi Hill is located in the center of Luang Prabang. The main stairway up is behind the Royal Palace Museum on Sisavangvong road. Get there either on foot or take a tuk tuk or jumbo for between 10,000 (US$ 1.30) and 15.000 Kip (US$ 2).

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  • Best sunset view
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Tips for you

  • Phou Si, which means “sacred hill”
  • - You can pray and make offerings at several temples along the way. - For a far more peaceful experience, try getting up early to catch the sunrise from the top of the hill
    Things to do
  • - At the top of Mount Phousi is the golden Wat Chomsi, which was built in 1804. - The hill is a popular place to watch the sunset; the narrow platform fills up quickly and gets pretty crowded. - A striking juxtaposition is the anti-aircraft gun carriage right next to the temple. - Buddha's foot
    What to see
  • Bring a bottle of water to drink as you climb up the hill, and also a hat and some mosquito repellent. You can also buy drinks and snacks at the peak.
    What to bring
  • Be aware that it can be hard to get clear photographs of the view in early morning until the heat of the sun has burnt off the early mist.
  • For a complete experience, go up Mount Phousi on one side and use the other set of steps to make your way down again.
  • The Thanon Phousi staircase consists of 355 steps that zigzag up to the summit, but it is well paved and offers several resting places along the way.
  • It could be crowd at the top since its view is very beautiful
  • Next to Wat Chomsi at the top of the hill you can buy flowers to offer for blessings, as well as caged birds. The Laos believe that if you set a bird free you will enjoy good luck and happiness in the future. Be respectful of the locals and tradition.
  • It takes about 20 minutes to walk up and 15 mins to walk down, accessed by steps across the road from the entrance to the Royal Palace on Sisavanthong Street.
  • The best time to visit it is in early morning or late afternoon for an incredible sunset.
  • If you go late in the day, back down, you can wander through the aisles of the nearby ethnic market which takes place every night.
    Things nearby
  • 360 degree outlook across the city

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