Wat Phraphonphao

Wat Phraphonphao


The bell-shaped stupa atop an octagonal structure with verandahs can be seen gleaming in the sun from across the Nam Khan River.

Open Hours

Open daily 08:00am – 17:00pm

Tickets: 20.000k/person


It takes about three kilometers east of Luang Prabang. The same way to Phanom (handicraft village), there are few ways to get there: by Tuk-Tuk, motorbike, bicycle or walking.


This simple forest style wat is plain and unadorned, but looks spectacular from a distance, as its thin golden spire and hexagonal roof rise from the forest around it. The interior walls are covered with brightly-painted frescoes of the Buddhist heavens and hells, especially lurid in their depictions of the brutalities of the later.
The Wat was built with donation from Lao people living abroad, started in 1959 finished in 1988. On the pillars inside are inscribed the names of the donors.

Do's and Don'ts

- Cover yourself from shoulders to knees, take off hats and shoes.

- Respect the monks and novices. Women are not allowed to touch them.

- Do not show affection publicly.

- Refuse any antiques or you will be fined.

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