Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham

Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, Luang Prabang

Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham
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This early 19th-century temple was deemed to beautiful to destroy by the Chinese Haw.
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TMOH8
Guildford, UK2,148 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We've now visited many temples or Wat's and this ranks highly.

It's not the biggest or grandest but it does feel 'real' and please show respect to genuine worshipers.

Unfortunately we visited during Chinese New Year, so the town/city was very busy. Some of their tourists were less than respectful (chatting loudly, flash photography, turning back on Buddha for group photos, etc) which really upset and annoyed our guide.

I recommend a respectful visit.
Written January 28, 2020
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milliesmum2016
Christchurch, New Zealand1,809 contributions
Jan 2020
Another beautiful Wat. I really suggest getting a guide to talk you through some of the Wats because they are so beautiful and important to the life of the country. There is so much interesting history attached to these venerated and venerable buildings. I didn't and now I'm struggling to differentiate them and to understand their intricacies. Stupid me! Don't be the same.
Written March 28, 2020
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R_TheReader
Rio de Janeiro, RJ489 contributions
Jan 2020
Wat Mai is one of the most impressive temples in Luang Prabang. The exterior Wat Mai is a pleasure to look at, with the golden high-relief decoration at the façade, the black and gold columns, and the red and gold doors. The inside of the temple is simpler but still impressive with its many Buddhas.

Not to be missed.
Written February 9, 2020
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Cartertravels15
Alton, UK192 contributions
Dec 2019
Glad we saw this temple as many other people were just going into the Royal palace.Maybe they didn't have time .The golden bass relief is so intricate.This temple is the largest one in Luang Prabang.It has a five tiered roof and a roofed veranda which is unusual.Beautifully decorated which meant it was spared being destroyed by the Haw gangs who thought it too wonderful to destroy.Wellworth seeing
Written January 26, 2020
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TravelusMaximus
Calgary, Canada686 contributions
Jan 2015 • Solo
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 evening chants. As long as you abide by the many rules laid out in perfect English on a prominent sign (no flash, no talking, just sit quietly at the very back & do not disturb the monks), you are most welcome to observe and take NON-flash photos. Mesmerizing, magical, mysterious.
Written January 25, 2015
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Orator11
Singapore, Singapore4,953 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Nice temple, and within easy walk of most hotels. The morning market starts behind, while the night tourist market runs across the front, 10000 kip for an entry ticket, but lots of things to see and take photos of within a small compound. After the visit, you can head to the Royal Museum next door, of Mount Phousi across the road.

Do also check out the small library across.
Written July 17, 2019
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TravelerTrecker
Houston669 contributions
Nov 2017 • Family
It is one of the few temples to have survived in its original form. The roofs are quite nice and low. The exterior is opulent; it is covered with red, black, and gold stencil. The columns are nice. Other temples are more impressive (i.e. Wat Xieng Thong).

They now charge foreigners to visit it at day time. At night, they do not charge and you can see a nice ceremony at 600 pm. It is at a side of the night market road.

When we visited during day time, we were not charged. I am not sure if it was because we entered from the back of the temple.
A Laotian friend is upset because of these charges. He said that shrines, churches and mosques should not charge visitors unless they become a museum. I think he is right by principle.

The visit is short.
Written January 14, 2018
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Raelene H
Melbourne, Australia1,508 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
Centrally located near the Royal Palace museum and the night market, this is very easy to find and a great place to visit. We visited towards the end of the day - a little cooler and the light is better for photos. Apart from the impressive wat and great interior we were invited to stay and sit just outside the doors to the main temple when evening prayers commenced and the ladies taking the entrance fee were packing up to go home. Made the experience even more memorable.
Written February 28, 2017
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breweruk
Brookmans Park, UK2,973 contributions
Apr 2013 • Couples
This is a great place if you want to see everyday life of the monks going on as you wander around. Everything is laid back and welcoming. And nothing seems out of bounds. Try to fit this in with Wat Tham Phu Si and Wat Xieng Thong in one day before heading to the main street for a drink.
Written April 26, 2013
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Ann T
Pascoe Vale, Australia1,195 contributions
Apr 2013 • Family
This is one of the most attractive temples in Lunag Prabang. The exterior is covered with brilliant black, red and gold stencil work which they were redoing when we were there to make sure the temple looked at its best for the New Year celebrations.
Written April 24, 2013
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