Wat Aham

Attraction Kingkitsarath Road, Luang Prabang, Laos Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
08:00 AM
09:00 AM
Second-time visit
Attraction
Landmark
Kids
Free
Architecture
Temple & Monument
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The Wat Aham is a small temple consisting of a sim and two ancient stupas. It has a history of both Buddhism and spirit worship.

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Why Wat Aham is special ?

The temple was built in 1818 on the site of a much older temple dating back to 1527. This place consider is Buddhist temple with a history of spirit worshipping of Luang Prabang. Wat Aham served as the residence of the Sangkhalat, or the Supreme Patriarch of Laotian Buddhism; at the same time it also remained the center of devata luang worship.


There is a small structure on the grounds that continues to hold ancestral wooden ritualistic masks associated with the guardian spirits. During Bun Pi (Mai Pimay), the Laotian Lunar New Year, the masks are taken from their storage (in gilded chests suspended by ropes above the ground) to play an important role, the "Dance of the Masks" in the pageantry of the festival.


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What to explore at Wat Aham?

The Wat Aham’s main Buddha image is a large sitting Buddha seated on an elaborate pedestal, surrounded by a number of smaller images. The walls are covered with colorful murals with depictions of scenes from the Jataka tales, the stories about the previous lives of the Buddha. Other murals contain scenes of Buddhist hell, with rather vivid depictions of the punishments and tortures received by those who stay there.

There is a small structure on the grounds that continues to hold ancestral wooden ritualistic masks associated with the guardian spirits. During Bun Pi (Mai Pimay), the Laotian Lunar New Year, the masks are taken from their storage (in gilded chests suspended by ropes above the ground) to play an important role, the "Dance of the Masks" in the pageantry of the festival.

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How to get to Wat Aham?

The Wat Aham is found on Phomathat road near the Nam Khan river, just South of the sacred mountain Mount Phousi. Right next to it is the Wat Wisunalat temple. Most of town can be done on foot. A jumbo or tuk tuk ride will cost between 10,000 Kip (about US$ 1.30) and 15,000 Kip (about US$ 2) depending on distance and your negotiating skills.

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Selling points

  • Buddhist temple with a history of spirit worshipping
  • Luang Prabang’s guardian spirits
  • Beautiful murals in the temple
  • Historical Wat with impressive guardian figures
  • Well worth a visit
3 Days in Luang Prabang

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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
629.86 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
11 places

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Kingkitsarath Road, Luang Prabang, Laos

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Tips for you

  • Bring some money for donation activities
    What to bring
  • There are various colourful murals and photography is allowed. Bring your cameras
    Photography
  • Wearing appropriate dressed
    What to wear
  • Right next to it is the Wat Wisunalat temple. You can visit this temple too
    Things nearby
  • Between the street and the temple are two very large and old banyan trees that harbour the Devata Luang, the guardian spirits of Luang Prabang town.
    Things nearby
  • Remember to leave your shoes before enter inside
    Experience

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This wat, built in the sixteenth century, is a small wat but an interesting brief stop. Banyon trees here are revered as "monk trees."

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