Why is frangipani so common in Laos?

When travelling in Laos, one plant you can't fail to notice is frangipani, a flower you can see in almost all monasteries. Scientifically known as plumeria rubra, the flower is actually the national flower of the country and a symbol of sincerity and joy. Girls decorate their clothes and hair with frangipani. A necklace made of frangipani is used to welcome guests.

In Buddhism, frangipani symbolizes the transient nature of all life. Therefore, you can see it grow in many temples in Laos, where the predominant religion is Buddhism.

Here are some photos of this lovely flower. 

(All photos via VCG, editing by Ding Qian)

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