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Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham

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Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham

324 Reviews
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See the beauty and hidden wonders of Laos on this Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Falls day tour. Follow your friendly local guide through the streets of Luang Prabang, then make your way along the Mekong River to the Buddha-filled caves of Pak Ou. You'll visit a rural village where locals make rice wine and see how indigenous people live. Next, head to the stunning waterfalls of Kuang Si and savor a picnic lunch in one of the country's most picturesque destinations.
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Fran R wrote a review Aug 2020
Zurich, Switzerland374 contributions75 helpful votes
I would recommend to visit temples in the morning before 11 AM, in the afternoon and then in the evening the ambiente is always quite different i liked the temple dogs, sleeping in funny positions on the staircases
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Date of experience: January 2020
OrderintheHouse wrote a review Jul 2020
Brisbane1,945 contributions55 helpful votes
In January 2020, my wife and I visited great sights in Laos including a number of very imposing, ornate Buddhist temples,during our short 5 day private Wendy Wu “Laos in Focus” tour arranged through Asia DMC Laos. One of these temples was Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham or simply Wat Mai, adjacent to the National Museum in Luang Prabang. It is one of Luang Prabang’s largest and richly decorated temples. Its interior and exterior make good use of black and red lacquer decoration and gold leaf. Its origins date back to 1780. It was used by Laos Royalty and it is one of the few temples to survive the destruction by Chinese invaders in 1887. The centrepiece of the temple complex is the large sim (ordination hall) highlighted by its intricate gilded stucco bas reliefs. It has a five tiered roof extending almost to the ground. We particularly liked one of the verandas added on to the original structure in 1821 containing very intricate gilded stucco bas reliefs made in the 1960’s. The reliefs depict scenes from the Ramayana (one of the two major Sanskrit (old Indo-Aryan language) epics of ancient India) and the Jatakas (any of the extremely popular stories of former lives of the Buddha) and scenes of every day life in Luang Prabang. These gilded reliefs were absolutely stunning and pleasing to the eye. We also noted the large black and gold stencilled columns supporting the veranda’s roof. Inside the sim is a magnificent large gilded seated Buddha image in the meditation position. It is surrounded by a large number of smaller images in various mudras (hand gestures). It is a very beautiful, appealing presentation. There were other buildings scattered about the complex including two smaller structures at the entrance which had three small gilded Buddha images in front on plinths – one in the standing position in the middle and the two at the side in the seated meditation position. These images complimented these two structures admirably. Our time here was around 30 minutes and while we would have liked to have stayed longer, our tour guide showed enough for us to realise that this is indeed a very fine temple. Earlier in the morning we had visited the equally impressive Wat Xieng Thong followed by the National Museum. Our visit to Wat Mai completed a pleasing Lao religious and cultural trilogy.
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Date of experience: January 2020
milliesmum2016 wrote a review Mar 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand1,798 contributions226 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: January 2020
R_TheReader wrote a review Feb 2020
Rio de Janeiro, RJ462 contributions216 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Joel K wrote a review Jan 2020
Vancouver, Canada2,839 contributions474 helpful votes
The grounds are special, quiet and the Wat is one of the biggest and most beautiful in LP. The statuary, decor and design in both the main wat and the outer buildings are quite special.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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