Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham

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Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham
Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham

When you come Laos, don’t forget to visit Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham – one the the most famost place in here.

Beside the palace, Wat Mai is one of the city’s most sumptuous monasteries. Its wooden sǐm (ordination hall) has a five-tiered roof in archetypal Luang Prabang style, while the unusually roofed front verandah features detailed golden reliefs depicting scenes from village life, the Ramayana and Buddha’s penultimate birth.

Inside the Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham
Inside the Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham

When built in 1821 to replace a 1796 original, this was the mai (new) monastery. The name has stuck. It was spared destruction in 1887 by the Haw gangs who reportedly found it too beautiful to harm. Since 1894 it has been home to the Sangharat, the head of Lao Buddhism.

Another place to see in Laos: Phu Si in Laos

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