Other Temples

Other Temples

Wat Sene

This temple’s name is said to come from a donation of 100.000 kip (sene kip) which was used to construct the temple in 1718. Restored in 1957, on the occasion of the 2500th anniversary of the birth of the Buddha, Wat Sene also houses two long boats which are used in the annual Boat Racing Festival.
Wat Sene is on the main road of the peninsula next to Ock Pop Tok center.
Open daily form 09:00am - 21:00pm, Entrance Free.

Wat Aham

The first wat was built in 1527, but the present sim is a reconstruction dating from 1818. There are two large old banyan trees in the grounds which are revered as spirit shrines and are purported to house the devata luang, Pu No and Na No, the tutelary spirits of the city.
Open daily form 09:00am - 21:00pm, Entrance Free.
Access: Wat Aham located just behind Wat Visounnarath.

Wat Manorom

Wat Manorom houses perhaps the oldest known Buddha image in the whole of Laos, created between 1378 and 1379. Originally weighing approximately 12 tons, the statue was partially destroyed during the plundering of the town in 1887 by the Black Flags, but put back in place in 1919 and restored in 1971.
Open daily: 08:00am – 17:00pm; Entrance free
Access: Wat Manorom is just southwest of the town centre, next to the Ban Lao hotel.

Wat That Luang

Wat That Luang was built on a knoll in 1818 by King Manthatourath. Before 1975, Wat That Luang was used to hold funeral rites and cremate the country’s highest dignitaries.
Open daily: 08:00am - 17:00pm, entrance free
Access: Located behind the old stadium grounds on the way to Kuangsi waterfall.

Wat Sangkhalok

It is an important centre for the New Year festivals and the Pu No and Na No ceremonial dances. According to historians, this temple, built on marshes where a legendary dragon lived, is said to occupy the earliest Buddhist site in Luang Prabang occupied by the Khmers during the period of the Khmer empire. Five stone Buddha statues were discovered near the temple dating to two centuries before King Fa Ngum. It was originally built in 1527 by King Photthisarat, and restored in 1909.
Open daily from 08:00am - 17:00pm. Entrance free
Access: Located on the way to Kuang Si Waterfall just 10 minutes from the town.

Wat Phrabatthai

This was originally a wood temple which dated back to the 17th century, known as Wat Keo. Colloquially, the word ‘keo’ designates Vietnamese people. Wat Phrabatthai is honored by the small Vietnamese community of Luang Prabang as their temple, and services are in Vietnamese and Lao.
This site itself is older, however, and dates to period when Fa Ngum (1353-73) was enthroned and Khmer Buddhist monks came to Luang Prabang from Angkor, bearing, according to some accounts, the Prabang Buddha statue. The monk asked to build a monastery near the confluence of the rivers Mekong and Nam Khan on a rock where one of the city’s 15 Naga protectors was said to have lived. The arrival of these Khmer monks marks the official introduction of Buddhism to Lane Xang (the erstwhile name of the city).
Open daily from 08:00am - 17:00pm. Entrance free
Access: Located on the way to Kuang Si Waterfall just 7 minutes from the town.

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