Luang Prabang is a city located in north central Laos, at the confluence of the Nam Khan river and Mekong River. Until the communist takeover in 1975, it was the royal capital and seat of government of the Kingdom of Laos. This small city has almost eighty temples and monasteries and house more than 1,000 monks. Much of the monk population consists of young novices who have traveled to Luang Prabang from the countryside to enjoy the education that monks receive, a luxury not available in their home village.
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