Wat Mai - Beautiful Royal Temple in Luang Prabang (Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham)

Wat Mai - Beautiful Royal Temple in Luang Prabang (Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham)

Just down the road from the Royal Palace is Wat Mai, one of the most important royal temples in Luang Prabang, and one that you mustn’t miss when touring the historic city in Laos.

 Luang Prabang Wat Mai temple

Luang Prabang Wat Mai temple

The Pra Bang Buddha, which is now housed at the Royal Palace, used to be kept here. Even though its name literally means "New Temple", Wat Mai dates back to the 18th century, and is one of the oldest temples in the city.

 stone chedis, Luang Prabang

stone chedis, Luang Prabang

The exterior of the temple is decorated in rich gilded reliefs depicting scenes from royal Lao epics, and from daily religious life in the country.

 golden veranda at Wat Mai, Luang Prabang

golden veranda at Wat Mai, Luang Prabang

Admission to the temple costs 10,000 kip (just over $1), and the ticket cost goes towards preserving the historic temple buildings.

 gilded reliefs at Wat Mai, Luang Prabang, Laos

gilded reliefs at Wat Mai, Luang Prabang, Laos

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