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Wat Mai Suwannapumaram

Address: Luang Prabang, Laos
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Ranked #14 of 49 Attractions in Luang Prabang
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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Calgary, AB
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

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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139 helpful votes 139 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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5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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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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114 attraction reviews
168 helpful votes 168 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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Kimberley, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is a great temple, the typically Laos murals, the quiet surrounds all lend to a very interesting visit. Around 4.30 or 5.00pm the monks bang the drums and with cymbal player it is a very mystic experience to be there and to watch. A real change from the normal bell ringing.

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I was very surprised to find that this Wat asks to buy a ticket (while all others simply ask for donations). While it is a very nice one (not the most glorious), I fail to see why this one emplyed the ticketing system, which means one of the monks has to sit there all day taking money, handing out tickets... More 

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Guri, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

CC ( 2014.07.29 ) In Laos, temple was small and charming, I think. This wat was peaceful and quiet place. This place was not big and some status of Buddha was located. Not special but calm place in Luang Prabang. Visited easily on the way to trip in downtown.

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