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Wat Xieng Thong

Luang Prabang's best-known monastery is centred on a 1560 sǐm (ordination hall). Its roofs sweep low to the ground and there's a stunning 'tree of life' mosaic set on its western exterior wall. Close by are several …
Buddhist Temple in Luang Prabang

Wat Xieng Mouane

In the old quarter, Wat Xieng Mouane's ceiling is painted with gold naga (river serpents) and the elaborate háang thíen (candle rail) has naga at either end. With backing from Unesco and New Zealand, the monks' quar…
Buddhist Temple in Luang Prabang

Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham

Wat Mai is one of the city's most sumptuous monasteries, its wooden sǐm (ordination hall) sporting a five-tiered roof in archetypal Luang Prabang style, while the unusually roofed front verandah features detailed go…
Buddhist Temple in Luang Prabang

Wat Ho Pha Bang

A project planned before the monarchy was abolished in 1975, construction on this highly ornate pavilion began in 1993. The building's glitzy red-and-gold interior already sports a multilevel 'throne' space for the …
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That Makmo

This lumpy hemispherical stupa is commonly nicknamed That Makmo, which translates as 'Watermelon Stupa'. Originally constructed in 1503, it was pillaged for hidden treasures during the 1887 destruction and the lates…
Buddhist Temple in Luang Prabang

Wat Sensoukaram

Rich ruby-red walls with intricate gold overlay give Wat Sensoukaram one of the most dazzling facades of all of Luang Prabang's temples. The name reportedly refers to the initial donation of 100,000K made to build i…
Buddhist Temple in Luang Prabang

Wat Punluang

A beautifully faded temple guarded by emerald nagas (river serpents) on its roof, supported by columns and with an illustrated ochre interior.
Buddhist Temple in Luang Prabang

Wat Longkhun

When the coronation of a Luang Prabang king was pending, he spent three days in retreat at Wat Longkhun before ascending the throne. The central sǐm (ordination hall) features old murals, one of which depicts giant …
Buddhist Temple in Luang Prabang

Wat Manorom

Winding lanes to the west lead to Wat Manorom, set amid frangipani trees just outside what were once the city walls (now invisible). This is possibly the oldest temple site in Luang Prabang and the sǐm (ordination h…
Buddhist Temple in Luang Prabang

Wat That Luang

Traditionally the cremation site for Lao royalty, legend has it that Wat That Luang was originally established by Ashokan missionaries in the 3rd century BC. However, the current large sǐm (ordination hall) is an 18…