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Address: Luang Prabang, Laos
Description: 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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Downtown Wat

This is right in the middle of town. Not very big, but colorful. This is also night next to the Royal museum so you don't have to plan a visit to this place separately. Right... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 9, 2015
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Chennai (Madras), India
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Chennai (Madras), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

This is right in the middle of town. Not very big, but colorful. This is also night next to the Royal museum so you don't have to plan a visit to this place separately. Right behind this wat in a side street is the morning market. You must buy a ticket only if you want to enter the main temple.... More 

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Pecatonica, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

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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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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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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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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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 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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183 helpful votes 183 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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