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“so many wats”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Wat Choumkhong

Wat Choumkhong
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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111 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“so many wats”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2013

so many wats.
If your into temple hoppin (which i am until the temples all start to look the same) then come for a look - i mean, why not, your in laung prabang, may as well see everything there is to see .
But if your pushed for time, and want to see the best this place has to offer, i would not bother stressing trying to see all the temples here - have a look at the big one on the hill , the water falls, the night market, maybe a trek or whatever else your into and that should do it (if strapped for time, the waterfalls are the best! - which are 45 minutes by mini van - 50,000 kip a person, or you can take a tuk tuk - the more people the cheaper it is)

Visited July 2013
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“Peaceful and Serene”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013

Luang Prabang is rich with ancient and beautiful temples. Among all the temples, we really enjoyed the Wat ChoumKhong. This temple is the perfect place to experience a state of zen-like peace and tranquil. It has a nice but simple garden with golden statues of Buddha. Out from the busy tourist street, the temple gives a way to spend some peaceful moments. I used to frequent the place during my stay in Prabang Luang. I recommend this place to anyone who would love to have a little bit of self reflection and genuinely appreciate the zen soul of the east.

Visited May 2013
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“A deeper look at daily life of a temple”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

I had the good accident of staying across the street from Wat Choumkhang at the Sala Prabang hotel ( which I highly recommend.) The gardens are lovely, with flowering trees, and several good and unusual statues. Monks and teenage novice monks live together here, and academic classes are taught daily.

Through ot the day the pulse of temple life flashes before you as the monks,dressed in bright orange robes, tend the garden, rush to their classes and hang out their laundry to dry.

Wooden and metal gongs are struck to call the monks to the main temple for meditation, prayers and chanting. Every evening at 6pm they gather in the temple to Chang. Local villagers and tourist sit outside the temple, respectfully, to listen. In th morning at 6:15 am, a wooden gong is struck to summon the monks to assemble for the procession to gather alms.

While walking through the garden, I was asked by a teenage novice monk, with a shaved head, to join his fellow classmates for a conversation. They wanted to practice their English. All of the boys were from small farming villages, and they became novice monks for an education, their equivalent of high school. One of the boys asked to correct his pronunciation as a he read aloud in English from his textbook on US culture and history, which was better than what I had read in High school in the US. All of the boys would leave the monastery within two years. Some hoped to work in tourism, one wanted to go back to his village to teach English.

Over the next several days, as I walked through the temple back to my hotel, I saw these young monks washing their clothes, and being teenage boys, engage in the pranks teenage boys around the world engage in, throwing buckets of water on each other, with quiet laughter .

Visit this Wat without the urge to find the perfect tourist photo, but to experience temple life, which is a vital part of daily life in Luang Prabage.

Visited March 2013
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“A picturesque temple with a lovely garden”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

Luang Prabang has many old and beaufiful temples. You can't visit them all, but I really liked Wat ChoumKhong. The temple is a bit hidden between the touriststreet and the Mekong, next to bigger Wat Xieng Muang. It is a charming temple, but what it makes it different from the others is the lovely garden with golden Buddha statues.

Visited September 2012
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