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"Vat Aham" Luang Prabang Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

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This temple is located next door to Vat Wisunalat, south of Mount Phou Si. Constructed in 1823, Wat Aham, meaning "Temple of the Opened Heart", is a sleepy, beautiful temple that attracts a fraction of the tourists that the bigger, better known temples attract.

There are a number of stupas and 2 "Bhodi’s" (banyan or Bo trees). These trees provide a shrine for the protector of the royal spirit, the Haw Phi Khon.

For much of the 19th century, and before Wat Mai succeeded it, Wat Aham served as the residence of the Sangkhalat, the supreme patriarch of Buddhism. It was also considered the cultural centre for the guardians of Luang Prabang, the Devata Luang spirits - Phou Gneu and Gna Gneu, whose masks and dances are always present during ceremonies, especially during the Lao New Year.

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  • Written Apr 22, 2010
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