Mai Suwannaphumaham Temple - Luang Prabang

Mai Suwannaphumaham Temple

Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham:
Luang Prabang's New Monastery
with a Rich History.

Often referred to simply as Wat Mai (meaning "New Monastery"), Wat Mai
Suwannaphumaham is a stunning Buddhist temple.

Built in 1780 by King Anurat, it's one of the largest and most picturesque temples in the city,
offering a fascinating blend of architectural styles and a rich historical background.

Nestled near the main building lies a library and a cluster of smaller chapels, adding to the
serene beauty of the complex. Remarkably, during the Chinese invasion of 1887 that ravaged
much of Luang Prabang, this structure was spared destruction. Its exquisite beauty, it seems,
captivated even the invaders. And thankfully, it has stood proudly ever since, a testament to
enduring craftsmanship and architectural grace.

Step inside, and you'll be greeted by the serene form of a reclining Buddha, radiating an aura
of peace that washes over you. This tranquil space invites contemplation and quiet reflection,
offering a welcome respite from the bustle of the world outside.