Buddhism in Luang Prabang, Laos is one of the most interesting cultural features you shouldn’t miss while travelling in this city. We suggest visiting these Top 5 Pagodas in Luang Prabang Laos below. Wih the unique architecture and sacred atmosphere, those pagodas are worth exploring.
1. Wat Xieng Thong
Wat Xieng Thong (Xieng Thong Pagoda) is one of the most beautiful and important pagodas in Luang Prabang city with Laotian specific style of architecture. The pagoda was built in 1560, which was under the instruction of King Setthathirath (1534 – 1571) who was one of the best leaders in Laotian history.
Wat Xieng Thong is located at the end of Sakkarin street, near the confluence of Mekong River and Nam Khan river. The sacred pagoda has many statues of Buddha and unique designs with spectacularly decorated walls. It is also famous for interesting paintings about Buddha’s stories through monumental sculptures or Mosaic art.
On Laos’ main holidays, Wat Xieng Thong becomes busier than ever. Especially, thousands of people visit the golden statue of Buddha and join in the Bathing of Buddha with scented water in the evening.
The entrance fee for foreign tourists is 20.000 Kip( $2.38).
Opening hours are from 8 am to 5 pm.
Address: Khem Khong, Luang Prabang, Laos
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2. Wat Mai
Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham (1821) is one of the most decorative old pagodas in Luang Phrabang. Built in 1780 by King Anourout, the temple is located on Sisavangvong Street, next to Royal Palace Museum.
Its highlight architecture is the spectacular five-tiered roof in Luang Phrabang style. Moreover, paintings with beautiful patterns on the temple’s beams and walls are also the special part of its great beauty. At the end of 19th century, during the war in Luang Prabang Laos, this temple was still in peace and didn’t have any damage. That’s the reason why it’s so sacred and people always pray for peace in this pagoda.
Entrance fee is 10.000 Kip ($1.20).
Opening hours are from 8 am to 5 pm.
Address: Sisavangvong Street, next to Royal Palace Museum
3. Wat Wisunarat (Wat Visoun)
This pagoda is the oldest temples in Luang Prabang, which is in the list of world cultural heritage site. Its period of construction was in 1513, then rebuilt in 1896 – 1898.
Wat Wisunarat has a large boundary with green grass; both of side face up main streets. Building materials of the temple are mostly bricks and wood, which keeps its original architecture styles. Apart from a European-style roof with various beautiful decorated details, the architecture is quite simple, which creates Wat Visoun classical beauty. You will have peaceful feeling in your soul when traveling the temple.
You can visit the temple from 8 am to 5 pm everyday with entry fee 20.000 Kip ($2.38) per person.
It is located in the street of the same name – Wisunarat street.
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.
5. Wat Manorom
The last one is Wat Manorom which is also one of the major pagodas in Luang Phrabang, Laos. In fact, there is no exact time of its construction; maybe it was founded in 1372 or 1375 by Samsenthai – the second King of Lan Xang (Laos).
Wat Manorom has a fascinating collection of drawings and stories crafted on the walls. Especially, an impressive thing that often attracts the attention of tourists is the great six-meter bronze Buddha dating from the 1370s. Enjoying the unique architecture as well as the peacefulness will bring you valuable memories of pagodas in Luang Phrabang.
Opening hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The entrance fee is free for everyone.
This temple is a bit out of the town centre, but you could easy walk there only 10 minutes from the town. Address: Manomai Road.
|Address||Opening hour||Entrance fee||Highlight|
|Wat Xieng Thong||Sakkarin street||8 am to 5 pm||20.000 Kip( $2.38)||Visit the golden statue of Buddha and join in the Bathing of Buddha with scented water in the evening|
|Wat Mai||Sisavangvong Street, next to Royal Palace Museum||8 am to 5 pm||10.000 Kip ($1.20)||Paintings with beautiful patterns on the temple’s beams and walls|
Wat Wisunarat (Wat Visoun)
|Wisunarat street||8 am to 5 pm||20.000 Kip ($2.38)||European-style roof with various beautiful decorated details|
Wat Xieng Mouane
|Sakkarin Street in the center of town||8 am to 5 pm||Free||Fabulous paintings as well as complex gold carvings presented on the front wall|
|Manomai Road||8 am to 5 pm||Free||The great six-meter bronze Buddha dating from the 1370s|
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GOOD TO KNOW
How to get Luang Phrabang from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)?
You can choose two prestigious airlines to get Luang Phrabang: Vietnam airlines and Lao airlines. This mean of transport helps you save time on your trip. However, if traveling by plane is quite expensive for you, let’s catch a coach. Not only is the price cheaper, but also you can enjoy beautiful scenes around.
If you are going to get Luang Prabang from Hanoi, you can consider the following coaches. One is Vietnamese coach that runs on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The other one is the Laotian coach running on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. You should book a ticket in advance at Nuoc Ngam bus station. Price range: 900,000 – 1,000,000 VND (depend on each period).
From Ho Chi Minh City
The way to Luang Prabang from Ho Chi Minh City is more complex than that from Hanoi. You can catch a flight to Hanoi, then get to Luang Prabang by coach. Otherwise, you can come to Kon Tum province (Vietnam) then Pakse (Champasak province, Laos), Vientiane and finally you set your foot on Luang Phrabang.