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Beautiful temple near the River. Very peaceful. Inside a school and a school for buddhism. 112... read more

Reviewed November 15, 2018
Pattaya, Thailand
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Lovely Wat on the Waterfront

We were most impressed with this Wat because of the High School on the Temple grounds. The young... read more

Reviewed February 14, 2017
Don Det, Laos
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| along the bank of the Mekong River, Savannakhet 13000, Laos
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Reviewed November 15, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful temple near the River. Very peaceful. Inside a school and a school for buddhism. 112 years old

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank claudioz710
Reviewed April 27, 2018 via mobile

Location is so close to Mekong river, so cool with winds. Interesting architecture makes me enjoy my trip perfectly. Especially, we met a monk who is just 17 years old and friendly. He told us many stories of Buddha and his temple. So fantastic!!

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank levantam0906
Reviewed March 19, 2018

Yet another Buddhist temple, nice to visit if you've not seen many temples. I liked the lived-in atmosphere, not too restored. I wasn't enthused by the many mangy barking dogs...

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank Bernard B
Reviewed August 15, 2017

Another large sprawling Buddhist temple in the center of a city. Must have consumed more than 10-20% of the money from the city over the years. Not much to see unless you haven't seen a typical buddhist temple before. Lots of seriously mangy and probably...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Doctorbailey
Reviewed May 7, 2017

It's nice to see the old architecture and using your imagination, you can easily see what it looked like a long time ago. The location is nice and even some shade in the summer heat is welcome. It's worth to go there when you're in...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Sirchai
Reviewed February 14, 2017

We were most impressed with this Wat because of the High School on the Temple grounds. The young apprentice monks want to practice their English as you tour the grounds. The temples are in repair or building, so it is a bit rough in places....More

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank Lanzdona
Reviewed January 23, 2017

Although we did see the rhino and camel as one reviewer noted, we didn't see all the Lao people. It was virtually deserted when we went! I would also agree with another reviewer that there are a lot of different buildings and activities packed into...More

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Bryan H
Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

Lots more happening here than the usual temple; home to school and Buddha image manufacturing. Interesting to see the concrete structures growing step by step. Plenty of shade, our visit was late afternoon and it was reasonably cool.

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank Steve W
Reviewed October 1, 2016

This is one of important temple in Savannakhet, not too far from the port. I came here to see Lao-style art. I went to find the painting of single-horn rhino and camel. There were so many Lao peoples in the temple while I was visiting...More

Date of experience: December 2015
Thank Phanuwat_Jonil
Reviewed May 26, 2016

Wat Xayaphoum is located in the city centre, along the Mekong river. It was erected in 1542 and is a classical example of the traditional Savannakhet architecture. The temple compound is quite big, including a Buddhist monk school and a facility producing Buddhist handicrafts. The...More

Date of experience: May 2016
3  Thank pierremichelshanghai
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