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  • 1. Wat Phu

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This temple sits grandly on heights above the Mekong River, about 8 km (5 miles) south of Champasak, looking back on a centuries-old history...Read More

  • 2. Ho Phra Keo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    There's a good reason why Ho Phra Keo, one of the city's oldest and most impressive temples, has a name so similar to the wat in Bangkok's Grand...Read More

  • 3. Wat Mai

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This small but lovely temple next to the Royal Palace compound dates from 1796. Its four-tier roof is characteristic of Luang Prabang's religious...Read More

  • 4. Wat Si Muang

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This wat that dates to 1563—its last major renovation was in 1956—guards the original city pillar, a revered foundation stone also from the...Read More

  • 5. Wat Sisaket Museum

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A courtyard with 6,840 Buddha statues stops the show at this intriguing temple-monastery complex across from Ha Phra Keo. Built in 1818 by King...Read More

  • 6. Wat Visun

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The 16th-century Wat Visun and neighboring Wat Aham play a central role in Lao New Year celebrations, when ancestral masks, called phu gneu...Read More

  • 7. Wat Xieng Thong

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Luang Prabang's most important and impressive temple complex is Wat Xieng Thong, a collection of ancient buildings near the tip of the peninsula...Read More

  • 8. Xieng Khuan Buddha Park

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The bizarre creation of an ecumenical monk, Luang Pa Bunleua Sulilat, who dreamed of a world religion embracing all faiths, this park is "peopled...Read More

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