TEMPLE GALLERY

Welcome to the gallery homepage of the temples in Luang Prabang!

INSTRUCTION: Click a temple (or vat in Lao) name from the list in the left column, and information of the selected temple will be displayed in this section as shown below.

VAT AHAM

Vat Aham is a fine example of 19th century religious construction in Luang Prabang.

VAT CHOM SI

Vat Chom Si was restored again in 1936 when its 328-step staircase was built.

VAT CHOUM KHONG

Vat Choum Khoung’s name was derived from the Vat’s statue which, as the legend goes, was melted and cast from a bronze gong.

VAT HO XIENG

Vat Ho Xieng has a gilded wooden Buddha in the combat attitude, a rarity in Laotian iconography.

VAT KHILI

Vat Khili is a beautiful building in the Xieng Khuoang style. Its distinctive characteristic lies in the addition of a rear hall and posterior stupa.

VAT LONG KHOUNE

The king usually enjoyed a three-day retreat in Vat Long Khoune before arriving at Vat Xieng Thong’s landing-stage, on the eve of his coronation.

VAT MAI

The Pra Sangkharat, highest Buddhist dignitary in Laos has been residing in Vat Mai since 1894.

VAT MANOROM

Vat Manorom houses the oldest bronze statue in Luang Prabang and in Laos.

VAT MEUNNA

Vat Meunna’s name is named after meun, a unit of weight, equivalent to 12 kilogram.

VAT NONG

This ‘’Pond Monastery’’ owes its name to a 211-kg bronze Buddha statue miraculously spared in the 1774 fire which ravaged the town and the monastery.

VAT PAHOUAK

Toothed ornamentation on the roof borders of Vat Pa Houak are executed in the style of Cambodian pagodas as well as those found in Bangkok.

VAT PAKHE

Vat Pakhe’s viharn, walls, door frames, roof shape and façade are all in the Vientiane style.

VAT PAKKHANE

The name of this temple is derived from its location at the mouth of the Mekong’s tributary, the Nam Khane.

VAT PAPHAY

Vat Paphay, also known as the “monastery of the bamboo forest”, was built in a simple style with a single roof. The facade of the Viharn and the wall under the porch were covered with murals.

VAT PHAN LUANG

Vat Phan Luang features a strange Prasat-shaped chapel that houses Buddha statues, two of which are in the posture “Calling on the Earth as witness”.

VAT PHONE XAY

It was named after the large Buddha statue before which king and dignitaries prayed prior to their departure for warfare.

VAT SANGKHALOCK

The authorities in the ancient period gathered in this temple for the ritual sprinkling of the Buddha status and to observe the Pou Gneu Gna Gneu dance.

VAT SENE

Vat Sene’s viharn was renovated again in 1957, during Buddha’s 2500th anniversary.

VAT SI BOUN HEUANG

Vat Sibouheuang was built in the 18th century Luang Prabang style during the reign of King Sotikakoumane in 1758.

VAT SOP

Vat Sop is a part of a group of four monasteries grouped along the Luang Prabang main road.

VAT THAT

Vat That is one of the most important places for the celebration of the Laotian New Year.

VAT THAT LUANG

Built on the knoll in 1818 by King Manthatourath, Vat That Luang’s monastery comprised the viharn and two large stupas.

VAT VIXUN

Before its partial destruction in the fire that blazed through the town in 1887, Vat Vixun was one of the most imposing monasteries of the old royal town.

VAT XIENG MOUANE

In ancient times, its name, Vat Sieng Mouane or the “Monastery of Melodious Sounds” arose from the harmonies of its drum and gong.

VAT XIENG THONG

Vat Xieng Thong, or “Golden City Monastery,” is the religious emblem of Luang Prabang and one of the highest symbols of Buddhism in Laos.

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