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Wat Mai Suwannapumaram

Address: Luang Prabang, Laos
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Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This early 19th-century temple was deemed to beautiful to destroy by the Chinese Haw.
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Type: Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This early 19th-century temple was deemed to beautiful to destroy by the Chinese Haw.
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Pecatonica, Illinois
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278 reviews 278 reviews
108 attraction reviews
178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

This wat was built in 1724. It has a multi-layered roof style where pillars in the central structure are higher than the supporting periphery and a covered gallery surrounds the central strucdture. Wat Mai has a five tiered red roof with gilded and stencilled columns. It took seventy years to complete and houses the PraBang Buddha. During New Year's celebrations,... More 

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Beijing, China
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117 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

While this temple is not the highlight of Luang Prabang, it's worth a visit if you have some extra time. Chances are you will have some extra time since you're in Luang Prabang lol so give it a shot.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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85 reviews 85 reviews
20 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 via mobile

Small wat in town. Convenient to visit after visiting the palace museum. There is a better wat at the end of the old quarters. Can give a miss.

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Calgary, AB
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44 reviews 44 reviews
33 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Just as the night market is winding up on Luang Prabang's Main Street, you may suddenly notice a haunting sound drifting thru the starlit air. The rhythmic sound draws you into the grounds of Wat Mai. Then, through a doorway into the main temple, you see 16 monks seated in a geometric pattern, facing the many golden Buddhas, reciting their... More 

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france
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389 reviews 389 reviews
88 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Has to be seen,I suggest about 15 minutes here out of your sight seeing day. 10.000 kip entrance fee( less than two euros )

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Seattle, Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

A jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring place. Really hard to put into the words the intricacy of the carving. It's probably one of the most elaborate, impressive wats we have visited, not just in LP, but in all our travels. Also, we were the only ones there! I think most people try to hide from the somewhat warmer than comfortable temperatures in the... More 

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Shanghai
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221 reviews 221 reviews
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117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

SUMMARY: Unless you have an academic background into Buddhist history it is very difficult to identify the differences between the various temples. They are all beautiful and colorful. Most have golden roofs and white washed walls. They are clean and in pristine condition. This Wat was beautiful and interesting to see. The reality is that you can see most Wats... More 

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Louis Trichardt, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

This site is easily accessible and you might just find yourself having the place to yourself. Well worth a visit and the admission fee.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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436 reviews 436 reviews
117 attraction reviews
181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Right next to the Royal Palace Museum, it is the most ornate and decorated in the city. It was built in the 18th century. Even the Chinese Haw raiders did not destroy it because of its beauty. Gilded side, five-tiled roof is unique and stunning. A Buddha image in emerald is seated in the red-gold interior. During the Laotian New... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

This temple with it's five-tiled roof and ornately carved verandah is spectacular. Another gorgeous place to visit in Luang Prabang.

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