Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Luangprabang - Most Favored City?

There's seems to be a regular flow of books dedicated to the city of Luangprabang, Laos' old former royal capital (which I'll call "LP" for short), that are often released once every few years.  By my calculation, I'm predicting another book on LP this year or may be next year.  It would seem a lot of people have really taken to the old romanticism of the town.  Understandably so, with its history, quaintness, art, architecture, friendly people, good food, small town feel, and not to mention its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and so fourth.

With all the books written on LP, you'd think perhaps it is Laos' most favored city or at the very least, the most photographed.  Here's our compilation list of books published on this city.  However please note that it doesn't include the many travel magazine articles that have covered LP or the many Lao art related books that profile a lot of the temples and artwork from there, nor books written in non-English languages.

(in order of first published date)

Title:  The Royal Palace Museum of Luang Prabang : General Condition, Conservation and Restoration Needs, 1991
By:  Elisabet Gfotz Lind and Goetz Hagmueller
Publisher/Year:  Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) Press, 1991
ASIN: B007HGHYRW

Title:  Cultural Institutions in Laos Pt. 2:  The National Museum of Luang Prabang
By:  Elisabet Gfotz Lind and Goetz Hagmueller
Publisher/Year:  Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) Press, 1994
ISBN:  9788787062411

Book - Old Luang Prabang (Images of Asia Series) by Betty Gosling
Title:  Old Luang Prabang (Images of Asia Series)
By:  Betty Gosling 
Publisher/Year:  Oxford University Press, 1996
ISBN:  9789835600067
- approx. 116 pages, covers general info and lots of pictures, a part of the Image of Asia Series of small books




Book - Capitals of Legend (Series) - Luang Prabang by Francis Engelmann, J.C. Marchal and Francois Greck
Title:  Capitals of Legend (Series) - Luang Prabang
Written By:  Francis Engelmann
Photographed by:  Thomas Renaut
Illustrated by: J.C. Marchal and Francois Greck
Publisher/Year:  Asa Editions - Les Editions d'Indochine, 1996
ISBN:  9782911589157
- approx. 88p, mainly a photographic essay


Book - Het Bun Dai Bun - Laos - Sacred Rituals of the Luang Prabang by Harns Georg Berger
Title:  Het Bun Dai Bun - Laos - Sacred Rituals of the Luang Prabang
By:  Hans Georg Berger
Publisher/Year:  Westzone, 2001
ISBN:  9781903391020
- approx. 256p, a sort of photographic essay of Lao Buddhist life in Luangprabang.





Book - Luang Prabang Watercolours by Somboon Phoungdorkmai with Andre Lurde and Susan Atkinson Title:  Luang Prabang Watercolours
By:  Somboon Phoungdorkmai (author and illustrator),
With:  Andre Lurde (narrator and photographer), Susan Atkinson (narrator)
Publisher/Year:  Asia Horizons Books Co., Ltd, 2004
ISBN:  9789749050170
- approx. 120p, simply gorgeous water color paints and drawings by Thai artist, Ms. Somboon.  The publication was done to recognize Lao-Thai relations and was funded in part by Thai Airways.

Book - Ancient Luang Prabang by Denis Heywood
Title:  Ancient Luang Prabang
By:  Denis Heywood
Publisher/Year: River Books Press Dist A C, 2006
ISBN:  9789749863244
- approx. 220p, tons of info and pictures, not only does it cover the usual temples and palace museum, it also discusses secular and colonial architecture and points of interest.  Click the link on the title to read our review of that book.



Book - Luang Prabang Ancient Royal Capital by Ben Davies and Roland Neveu
Title:  Luang Prabang Ancient Royal Capital
Introduction by:  Ben Davies
Photography by:  Roland Neveu
Publisher/Year:  Asia Horizons, 2005?
ISBN:   9789749372265
- originally published as a small picture book for tourists
 


Title:  Luang Prabang Lao Royal Heritage
Text by:  Ben Davies
Photography by:  Roland Neveu
Publisher: Asia Horizons Books Co., Ltd , 2008
ISBN:  9789748300566
- approx. 108p

1 comment:

  1. LP's awesome. my favorite city on our trip to Laos :)

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