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This early 19th-century temple was deemed to beautiful to destroy by the Chinese Haw.
  • Excellent34%
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  • Average14%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Luang Prabang, Laos
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Reviewed today

This wat is located near to the Palace Museum, central part of the Old Quarter. Entrance fee is 20,000 kip. Most notable for me are the large wooden pillars at the entrance. Unless you're really feeling like you're missing out by not visiting every temple...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Hard to miss or avoid, a neat, small Wat complex with one main building and some smaller surrounding stupas and pagodas. A monastery at the back should be left in peace by tourists. Worth the visit to appreciate the gold leaf of the main temple....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lacquered and covered in gold leaf, splendid bas-relief at Wat Mai, just an art to admire. Loved it!

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Reviewed April 14, 2018

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

Thank mwcw
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Reviewed March 23, 2018 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.

Thank MILOUW
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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

Thank Prasas P
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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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