It can’t compete with other temples in town when it comes to history, but Wat Paphonphao wins points for being a visual spectacle that sits above the city centre, glowing golden all day long. The temple consists of an octagonal structure with ornate balconies and window frames – as well as a thin golden spire. Inside you’ll find brightly painted depictions of heaven and hell.
The other thing that makes this temple worth visiting is its lush forest setting. Whether you go there to enjoy the coolness of the trees on a hot day, or for a bath of golden light at sunset – we think Wat Paphonphao should be on your temple ‘must see’ list.
Open daily 08:00am – 17:00pm
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.
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.