Haw Phra Bang - Luang Prabang

Haw Phra Bang

Visit the Haw Phra Bang,
home for the Pha Bang, Luang Prabang’s namesake and the most sacred image of Buddha.

The Haw Phra Bang, also known as the Haw Pha Bang or Royal Temple, is a beautiful and sacred
Buddhist temple located within the grounds of the Royal Palace Museum in Luang Prabang.

The Haw Phra Bang houses the Phra Bang Buddha image, a small, 83-centimeter tall gold-alloy
statue considered one of the most sacred relics in Laos.

The Phra Bang's arrival in Luang Prabang in 1512 is said to have legitimized the Lan Xang royal
dynasty as Buddhist rulers.

The temple itself is a stunning example of Laotian architecture, with intricate decorations,
gilded structures, and beautiful murals.

History:
• While the Phra Bang arrived in Luang Prabang in 1512, the Haw Phra Bang temple was not built until much later.
• The current structure, which replaced an older wooden temple, was constructed between 1960 and 1963.
• The temple was designed by a team of Laotian and French architects, combining traditional elements with modern building techniques.

Architecture:
• The Haw Phra Bang features a three-tiered roof, a tiered facade, and intricate wood carvings depicting scenes from Buddhist mythology.
• The interior is adorned with beautiful murals and gilded statues, creating a serene and spiritual atmosphere.
• The temple complex also includes a library, a drum tower, and a bell tower.

Visiting Information:
• The Haw Phra Bang is open to visitors daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
• Visitors are required to dress modestly, covering shoulders and knees.
• Photography is allowed inside the temple, but flash photography is prohibited.

Additional Tips:
• Consider visiting the Haw Phra Bang early in the morning or late afternoon to avoid crowds.
• You can combine your visit with the Royal Palace Museum for a more comprehensive experience.
• Guides are available for hire if you'd like a deeper understanding of the temple's history and significance.