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Why Wat Pa Huak is special ?
This temple attract tourists by Peaceful landscape and relaxing atmosphere. The most interesting features of Pa Huak are the quirky 19th-century murals decorating the interior walls. They provide fascinating insights into ordinary life at the time rather than the usual religious themes that one normally finds. Most interesting is the depiction of the story of the Buddha's humiliation or the taming of the haughty King Jambupati, by showing himself as the Buddha King of the world rather than a lowly monk. There are also portrayals of Luang Prabang receiving Chinese, European, and Persian visitors with elephants, horses, and tigers. It's all very lively. If you are a fan of history as told through murals (such as in Wat Phumin in Nan and Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai, Thailand), then Wat Pa Huak is a a treat.
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What to explore at Wat Pa Huak?
This temple is worth having a look at the ordination hall of the decaying monastery when following the way from Royal Palace up to Mount Phu Si. The neglected carved wood and mosaic facade shows Buddha riding Airavata, the three-headed elephant, carrier of Indra in Hindu mythology. Inside there are 19th century murals depicting historic scenes like visits of Chinese, European, Persian diplomats and warriors arriving by river and horse caravan
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- Wat with 19th Century Murals
- A beautiful mural temple
- A 19th Century monastery
- Well worth a visit
- Good to take a look
Luang Prabang, Laos
Tips for you
Wat Pa Huak (Pa Houak) is directly across the road from the Royal Palace Museum. It is located on the right as you go up the stairs to Mount Phousi. It is one of the oldest wats in LP and used to be locked. Currently, it is freely open to the public. The wooden structure, although not gilded, has ornate carvings on the outside. The inner walls are full of 19th century murals with interesting depictions of Buddha. Although small, it is worth a visit before you go up Mount Phousi.