The protruding part of the mountain (second peak above) is a natural lingam to the faithful. It has made some people refer to it as Mount Penis.
Ticket Building. At the opposite side is the Exhibition Hall. Wat Phu is open daily from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.
Some of the displays at the museum.
Baray (moat) - ceremonial pond
A walk towards the ornamental archway (gopura)
The promenade (walkway) - a sala is built at each side by Chao Boun Oum. Stone markers have been erected.
Quadrangular Pavilions at either side of the promenade
Slabs of stones make the stairs to ascend to the middle level
Dvarapala stands before another climb. It has been worshipped as King Kammatha, the mythical builder of the temple.
More slabs constitute the stairs to the next terrace.
The Shiva-lingam Sanctuary (the main temple)
A colorful Buddha - another Dvarapala, perhaps - stands beside the Sanctuary
Cliff where sacred waters flow (above and below)
Cave under the cliff with an altar and a sacred spring (below) from the waters of Phu Pasak
Miniscule volume of flow from the sacred spring.
Gigantic boulders characterize the slope. Friendly children (below) pose for posterity. I was asking them to smile and rabidly they followed instructions. :)
Monks at work