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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  • The beautiful LP-style roof is also a must-see relief on the wall. It is very impressive that the calm and meek atmosphere of Laos is overflowing with the grandeur of the main hall and the reliefs.
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  • Interesting site with a variety of temple buildings. Some lovely Japanese mosaic glass work on walls. Peaceful and calm area.  more »
  • This complex stands in the middle of the city on the street of the night market. You have to pay admission. My £1sn per nose, but I'm no longer sure. Monastery is beautifully decorated inside. Worth seeing.
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