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This early 19th-century temple was deemed to beautiful to destroy by the Chinese Haw.
  • Excellent34%
  • Very good51%
  • Average14%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“royal palace” (19 reviews)
“great temple” (4 reviews)
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Luang Prabang, Laos
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Located close to the Royal Palace, Wat Mai typifies the unique five tired roof style of Luang Prabang. The front entryway depicts scenes of village life, the Ramayana and the birth of Buddha. There is a dress code so make sure that knees and shoulders...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Unless you are a very devout Buddhist or super into Laotian religious architecture then there is a danger of getting all templed out. There is no doubt that these are beautiful buildings, and it is lovely to see them well used. But there are simply...More

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Reviewed February 27, 2018

Modern large temple, ornate golden decorations on the front portion. Inside some of the statues are copies. Nice frescoes though.

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Reviewed February 14, 2018 via mobile

One of my favorites in Luang Prabang, just next to the Royal Palace. Beautiful outside and inside. Marvelous murals on the front side before entering. On the back side you can relax in the shadows and watch monks go about their routines. Well worth a...More

Thank Teddy-at-large
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Reviewed February 14, 2018

This Wat used to be the Residence of the Supreme Patriarch of Buddhist monks before 1975 when there was a regime change. It is still well maintained and one could see great wood carvings in the front wall of the main temple. If memory serves,...More

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Reviewed February 12, 2018 via mobile

With a 10000 kip entrance fee you can see various Buddha statues inside the temple, nice temple for short visit

Thank Flitz8
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Reviewed February 8, 2018

A very nice temple with amazing architecture. Definitely a must visit if you are in the city for more than couple of days. Our guide was quite well informed and he explained all the different nuances and history of this temple in detail.

Thank Gaurav B
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Reviewed January 23, 2018 via mobile

An attractive temple next to the Nature Museum with examples of many of the 7 types of Buddha position found in Laos. Nice emerald green examples. Two very garish clocks facing the faithful

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Reviewed January 22, 2018

Wat Mai is next to Xieng Thong and unlike Xieng Thong, it is open through the day. Its one of the biggest temples in Luang Prabang and has beautiful architecture. Unless you are keen on going inside the temple, you can click photos from outside...More

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Reviewed January 20, 2018

We enjoy learning about the culture of the places we visit. Wat Mai for us was one of the must see temples in Luang Prabang. Just stunning.

Thank RobandJoPerth
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