Top 4 Temple famous in Luang Prabang
1. Wat Wisunarat (Wat Visoun)
Wat Wisunarat is Luang Prabang’s oldest temple, dating back to 1513. It was originally built from wood but was burned by Black Haw riders in 1887. After the invasion, Wat Visoun was rebuilt with brick and some of the original pieces still remain to this day.
This is a gorgeous temple even though it’s not as flash as some of the others. The vibrance and history of this place sung loudly from the voices of the worshipers. We loved that you could see That Chomsi in the distance up on Phou Si Hill.
2. Wat Xieng Thong
Located in a beautiful garden on the bank of the Mekong River, Wat Xieng Thong temple is one of the most attractive sites of Luang Prabang which was built in 1560 by King Saysetthathirath. For hundreds of years, It is the place to hold the most important royal ceremonies in the country. Nowadays, the temple plays an important role in maintaining the value of religion and tradition of the royal city.
Coming to this temple, you can feast your eye on the unique and ancient architecture which makes it stand apart from many temples over the world. Wat Xieng Thong has more than 20 structures which include chapels, churches, stupas and so on. But the most important building is Ordination Hall decorated with mosaic “ tree of life” which present the legend of construction of the temple. Golden wood was carved surrounding the hall which showed its brilliance and splendor. It is a nice contrast combination of golden wood and the mosaics in the blue base glass.
The impressive architecture of the Ordination Hall is the roofs on three levels that descend almost to touch the ground. If you contemplate the temple in another perspective, you will see the roofs seem rising to the sun. Inside the ordination hall, there is a small altar where kings were crowned until 1975.
Because of its religious and aesthetic beauty, Wat Mai is one of the favorite spots for tourists to contemplate the ancient tradition of alms ceremony. Wat Mai means “new temple” which was built around 1780 by King Anurat of the Luang Prabang Kingdom. For many years, it served as Royal Temple and also as Pra Sangkharat official residence-the maximum dignitary of Lao Buddhism.
The significant architecture of the temple is the five levels of roofs. They are supported by the columns covered with a black lacquer and gilded lotus leaves on top. The large size roofs were designed to protect the front facade which contains gilded bas-reliefs made in the 1960’s. The reliefs depict scenes from the Ramayana and the Jatakas to everyday life in Luang Prabang such as temples, animals, houses, festivities and dancing women. Other structures on the temple grounds include a slender stupa, two small stone chapels, a drum tower and a library where Buddhist scriptures are kept.
4. Wat Xieng Mouane
This Luang Prabang pagoda is situated in the centre of town. Coming to Wat Xieng Mouane, you can enjoy various pretty pieces of work such as paintings, stencilling and woodwork, gilding, and portrayals of Buddha. Moreover, there are also some fabulous paintings as well as complex gold carvings presented on the front wall. Although this monastery underwent a process of restoration recently, it still maintains initial beauty.
Moreover, you can visit the traditional and recently renovated Prince’s house. This was renovated with the help of Heritage House, and has hosted a tourist information centre since 2006.
The temple is on Sakkarin Street in the center of town, so it’s convenient for tourists to travel. Wat Xieng Mouane is a wonderful stop worth visiting if you are going to have a trip to Luang Prabang.
You can visit Wat Xieng Mounane in Luang Prabang from 8 am to 5 pm
There is no entrance fee for this temple.