A Stunning Example of Traditional Laos Decorative Architecture
The largest and most ornate Buddhist Temple in the Luang Prabang province of Laos is the amazing Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, or more simply, Wat May. This beautiful picture has been depicted on a collectible Worldwide Gifts refrigerator magnet for a keepsake memory and lovely souvenir from Laos. If you have the opportunity to spend some time in Luang Prabang, you will almost certainly see the beautiful Wat May Buddhist monastery with its magnificent towers and gilded Laos artworks.
The Temple of 100,000 Treasures, Wat Sene Souk Haram, is another of Luang Prabang's famous Buddhist temples, also beautifully decorated. At this wat, the sound of drums awaken the monks every morning at 5 a.m., after which you may witness the procession of monks as they parade through the streets collecting offerings before beginning their day of meditation and prayer.
More Sights to See in Luang Prabang
One of the most famous places in Luang Prabang is the spectacular Temple of the Golden City, Wat Xieng Thong, which has been standing here since the 1500s. Golden Temple was the location for royal coronations in Laos for hundreds of years until Communists overthrew the Laos monarchy in 1975. There is a rare reclining Buddha at this temple that is so magnificent the French requested it be displayed in Paris for several years before they returned it to its home at the Temple of the Golden City.
The Laos Royal Palace is another interesting place to visit in Luang Prabang, now a fascinating national museum. More than one hundred years old, the Royal Palace, or Haw Kham, is another beautiful example of ornate Laos architecture and decor, and the palace grounds feature a statue of the king for whom the palace was constructed, King Vong.