Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, Luang Prabang

At Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, admire an ornately decorated early 19th-century temple, supposedly deemed too beautiful to destroy by the invading Chinese. The lavishly adorned structure is steeped in gold, with black pillars stenciled in an aureate pattern, and a large golden relief on the facade imparting the story of the Buddha's highest incarnation as Vessentar. Exploring the red ochre interior, you'll find an abundant collection of Buddha statues, including a large golden portrayal surrounded by many smaller versions. Bear in mind shoes must be removed while inside the temple, though photography is permitted, so don't be shy with your camera. Take the guesswork out of planning a Luang Prabang vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • After I visited the Royal Palace Museum, I continued to visit this temple. There are some golden Buddha statues, and the grounds are quite large. The entrance fee is 10, 000Kip, but there is a street market on the west side of the temple, I saw people coming in free from there. There is a large Buddhist image in the main hall, but it seemed to be in maintenance something with scaffolding.
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  • It's the largest and very nice decorated buddhist temple in Luang Prabang. We had to wait some minutes for going inside, because all the painting work. At the same time there was a lot of shooting pic...  more »
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