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Wat Mai Suwannapumaram

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Address: Luang Prabang, Laos
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This early 19th-century temple was deemed to beautiful to destroy by the...

This early 19th-century temple was deemed to beautiful to destroy by the Chinese Haw.

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Pretty temple

An interesting visit with the finer points explained by our guide. The golden bas-reliefs alone made the visit worthwhile.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent 4 days in LP, staying in the Unesco World Heritage area (Old Quarter). Of course, we saw most of the Wats (including this one). However, this one did not stand out for us… We were inside the complex (taking exterior photos) for several minutes before we were aware of a fee. It was early morning and the gate... More 

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Thank WonderfulWorld59
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ornate, colorful and architecturally attractive temple. Monks were busy cleaning and decorating when we visited which made it more worthwhile. Conveniently located near Royal Palace.

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An interesting visit with the finer points explained by our guide. The golden bas-reliefs alone made the visit worthwhile.

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Thank LouJohnson
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It looks really pretty. But I don't think its worth paying to enter. Based on what I've read and heard, the pretty part of the temple is a really recent development. Which means it probably ain't too historical. Just take a picture from outside. You're better off spending the money at Wat Xieng Thong and the Royal Palace.

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Thank Wei Jie T
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A beautiful old temple, it was apparently spared from destruction by marauding Chinese mercenaries, called the black Chinese because of their flags, because it was so beautiful. It was also used by the Royal family whose palace is just around the corner from the temple and is the headquarters for the most senior monk in Laos.

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Thank putneyhouse
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Having been to four other Wats in Luang Prabang where you are able to access a number of the buildings, this was a bit of a disappointment. Only a ver small portion was open to the public and so is hardly worth a visit.

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Thank Sus1952
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

One of the better temples so include this in your journey. It is right next to the national museum so add this to th visit.

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Thank ChristinePDX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

We visited Wat Mai, basically next to the Royal Palace and were not disappointed. What is especially noteworthy from the outside is the roof sweeping down in five separate stages. Once inside the complex (there is a minimal entrance fee) we rather liked the mix of buildings, including what looked like some older ones, the monks' quarters and, if I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Well worth the 10.000 KIP (a little more than 1 $) entrance fee to get inside the Temple. It is beautifully decorated in black, red and gold leaf. The roof and columns are an art work as well. One of, if not, the oldest temples in Luang Prabang (late 17 century).

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Thank sol653
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham or as I later found out simply called Wat Mai. This has got to be the largest and most richly decorated aside from Haw Phra Bang in the Royal Palace, pretty much next door. The entire Wat all the way up to the roof is elaborately adorned with beautiful mosaics, carvings and tube tiles. Well worth the... More 

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