Vat Visounarath

Vat Visounarath, Luang Prabang: Hours, Address, Vat Visounarath Reviews: 4/5

Vat Visounarath
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,613 contributions
Jan. 2020
This is probably the oldest and still active temple in Luang Prabang! Almost unbelievable! "Wat Visounnarath" was built around 1512 by King Visounnarath, according to the characteristics of the early Lao religious architecture, generally referred to as "Luang Prabang Classic Style". Once, the holy and most venerated "Phra Bang Buddha" image was kept here, but now it can be seen at the nearby "Royal Palace Museum". Visit the temple, its ordination and donations halls, the ancient images and steles, the monks' homes, the drum tower and other structures. Still on its grounds, the beautiful "That Pathoume" (the "Stupa of the Great Lotus"), also known, due to its shape, as "That Mak Mo" (the "Stupa of the Watermelon"). It is a quite impressive stupa and, stylistically, looks more like Srilankalese than Lao. What makes sense, since the dominant Buddhism current in Laos is the "Theravada Buddhism", or the "School of the Elders", which was brought from Sri Lanka to Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar. The stupa was recently white painted and looks quite attractive. And remember, the "Wat Aham" temple is just a few steps away and you can easily combine both visits. Enjoy!
Written 13 October 2020
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Larry M
Vientiane, Laos1,329 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Couples
Probably my least favorite temple in LP, oldest one town but bland and uninspiring, okay for a stop a view That Makmo!
Written 15 February 2020
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SeeMoreLiveMore
Singapore, Singapore526 contributions
Dec. 2019
One of the most distinct temples in Luang Prabang. This is mainly because of the immense, impressive stupa sitting in front of the temple hall. While pictures show it as a dark greyish structure, it was recently white-washed, and it looks no less impressive. The temple hall is also one of the most stunning of all the temples in Luang Prabang. If you visit only 1 temple in Luang Prabang, this should be it.
Written 2 January 2020
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Kai Wah
Malaysia2,777 contributions
Jul. 2019 • Couples
We were told that this is the oldest temple built since 16th century and still functional till today. What attracted us the most is the white stupa structure that looks different from the rest in other temple. Not the most elaborate one in terms of architecture details, but a good snapshot to drop by here if you have time, for a different kind of architecture appearance.
Written 3 October 2019
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walkasone
Brisbane, Australia956 contributions
Sep. 2019
This is the oldest continuously running temple in Lao. It is a rebuild after the original building made of wood was burnt by Black Haw riders in 1887. Adjacent is Wat Aham. When I visited in Sept 2019 the Buddha was being restored.
Written 18 September 2019
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KGB777
Singapore, Singapore41,727 contributions
Jun. 2019 • Solo
This was the first Wat I visited on my recent weekend trip to Luang Prabang, and brought back a lot of memories from my last visit there around 12 years ago. The white stupa is the main highlight of this Wat and some interesting Buddha statues inside the main temple building.
Written 30 June 2019
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chicnbliss
Hong Kong, China127 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
This is one of the oldest temple in the ancient town of Lurang Prabang. I went there on my first day. I must say I was very disappointed. It wasn't very interesting for the architecture as well as the interior. It seems so unmaintained as well. The supposedly oldest portion was burnt down before so this new one is a replica of lower quality material. I recommend the other wats more
Written 12 May 2019
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Suria_Nataadmadja
Jakarta, Indonesia7,648 contributions
Jan. 2019 • Couples
This temple is next to Wat Aham but this one is bigger in size and occupies a bigger place. There’s benches to sit and to enjoy the serenity of this place. This place is maintained very well and hence it’s handsome.
Written 2 January 2019
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jobst56
Hamburg, Germany1,707 contributions
Dec. 2018 • Couples
A little bit outside the centre, this temple exhibits a series of very special wooden buddha statues inside. You pay an admission fee.
Good toilets.
Vendors outside.
Written 15 December 2018
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Aninda_A
Bangkok, Thailand63 contributions
Dec. 2018 • Couples
Nice and peaceful with much history behind the architecture of the temple. Location is a bit our of the way from city center. Recommend to have local guide for sight seeing in Luang Prabang.
Written 12 December 2018
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