"Wat Saen" Luang Prabang Things to Do Tip by Blatherwick

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  Wat Saen
by Blatherwick

Wat Saen (100,000 Temple) was constructed in 1718 and is one of the nicer wats along the street. The name apparently refers to the 100,000 kip donation that was used to found the temple. It is located next to the main road, with its many buildings set on a paved courtyard, although most of the buildings are angled relative to the street so that they face east. When you get up close you will notice that the doors are actually very small, making the whole facade appear bigger than it really is. The sim and all the other buildings are painted an ochre color, with a large lotus blossom motif stenciled in gold.

A small gilded stupa stands next to the sim, right next to the street. In the compound in front of the sim is a small pavilion sheltering a Buddha footprint shrine and another larger open-fronted pavilion housing a standing Buddha image.

Address: Sisavong Vang Road
Directions: Along the main Sisavong Vang Road between the main commercial district and Wat Xieng Thong are a string of smaller temples.

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  • Written Apr 16, 2005
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