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Wat Mai Suwannapumaram

Luang Prabang, Laos
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Ranked #12 of 41 Attractions in Luang Prabang
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: This early 19th-century temple was deemed to beautiful to destroy by the Chinese Haw.
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: This early 19th-century temple was deemed to beautiful to destroy by the Chinese Haw.
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Zurich, Switzerland
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371 reviews 371 reviews
101 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 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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101 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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167 attraction reviews
343 helpful votes 343 helpful votes
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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324 attraction reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
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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Bangkok, Thailand
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76 reviews 76 reviews
14 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This Wat was located almost in the center of town and is easily accessible. The sculpture work on the doors of the Wat were incredible. It was nice to sit and watch some of the novices working and studying. Cost of entry was 10,000Kip per person.

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Cork, Ireland
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Interesting to compare this to other Wats, and the roof is particularly notable. It is probably one of a handful of wats that should be seen.

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Sydney, Australia
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

It is really important when visiting that you have knowledge of what you are viewing either a guide or previous information as you see so many different things that you would not understand or appreciate.

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Kawasaki, Japan
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62 reviews 62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

This is one of the greatest temples in Luang Prabang. The temple is something worth looking at. There's a beautiful garden with a pond behind the temple that's also something to check out. It's a good place to relax, especially during the evening with your girlfriend or wife.

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New Delhi, India
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55 reviews 55 reviews
38 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

The sim is the highlight, with its five-tiered roof extending protection over the spectacular gilded bas relief depicting scenes from the Ramayana and the life story of the Buddha.

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