The Best Temples in Luang Prabang, Laos

Temple in Luang Prabang | © Guilhem de Coomen/Flickr
Temple in Luang Prabang | © Guilhem de Coomen/Flickr
Photo of Regina Beach
6 November 2017

Luang Prabang, Laos was the former Royal Capital city and was designated an UNESCO world heritage site in 1995. It’s mountainous surroundings and location at the junction of the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers make for a picturesque setting. The historic town contains French colonial architecture and more than 30 Buddhist temples, or wats, that welcome visitors and are home to monks and novices.

Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham

Buddhist Temple, Museum
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Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham
Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham | © Aleksandr Zykov
Wat Mai, or New Temple, is one of the largest temples in Luang Prabang and dates back to 1780. Before it was moved to the Royal Palace Museum, the Phra Bang Buddha statue was kept here. The image is returned annually to Wat Mai during Lao New Year in April.

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