Wat Prah Buddhabat

Attraction Tambon Khun Khlon, Phu Si Hill, Luang Prabang, Laos Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:00 AM
Second-time visit
Attraction
Landmark
Kids
Free
Temple & Monument
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Wat Phra Buddhabat is one of the unique places of Luang prabang and a jewel of Laos architecture. The temple is close to the more famous Wat Hin Mak Peng.

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Why Wat Prah Buddhabat is special ?


For a westerner, perhaps one of the more curious aspects of Buddhism is the tradition of Buddha footprints. Many temples will have reproductions of the feet of buddha, which are used to illustrate the 108 "auspicious signs" by which they can be recognized.


Wat Pha Baht Tai (Pha Phutthabaht, Phutthabat Tai, Tha Pha Hak) is one of the most unique, and perhaps somewhat garish, of Luang Prabang's monasteries, as it combines elements of Thai, Lao and Vietnamese style with even some hint of historic European religious architecture. The wat is on a site overlooking the Mekong River and is to the southwest (downstream) of the historic protected center.



The original wat was possibly constructed here. near the confluence of the Huei Hop and Mekong rivers, during the reign of King Samsenthai (r. 1373-1416). It was on this site that the Naga King Chai Chamnong (one of the Nagas guarding important entr�es to the city) lived on a rock., from which he could protect the nearby rivers and surrounding area. When a huge footprint of the Buddha was found on the site it gave evidence to the faithful of the Naga's permission to build a monastery on the area the Naga protected. The monastery still safeguards the footprint of the Buddha. In more modern times a wooden temple was built on the site in the 17th century. The Vietnam and Chinese communities built most of the present structures in the late 1950s. The wat has been more recently restored.


Source : orientalarchitecture.com

What to explore at Wat Prah Buddhabat?

The Wat's biggest plus point is the balcony, with a view just as good as at the top but without the crowds. You can see sunrise but not sunset from this point. You can see north across the Mekong, over to the airport and the prominent gold stupa on a nearby hill is Wat Pa Phon Phao.

Steps lead down to a small cave next to the Wat. It contains Buddha statues and further inside an imprint of Buddha's foot.

How to get to Wat Prah Buddhabat?

This temple is located in Tambon Khun Khlon, 28 kilometres north of the town, turn left 1 km. before arriving in Phra Phutthabat district.

Selling points

  • Beautiful lanscape and stunning view
  • Peaceful and relaxing place
  • A piece of Laos Historical
  • Well worth to take your time
  • Nice way to escape from bustle and hustle of town
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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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Tambon Khun Khlon, Phu Si Hill, Luang Prabang, Laos

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  • No place to buy souvenir
    Soveunir
  • They have a large balcony and a beautiful view.
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  • Bring your torch if you enter the cave next the Wat. Don't forget camera
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  • Quite dark to see anything inside, you'll need a flashlight to explore it properly.
    Photography
  • Wearing appropriate dressed
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  • Should come here in the morning time
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  • Nothing much to do
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  • You can see sunrise from this point. You can see north across the Mekong, over to the airport and the prominent gold stupa on a nearby hill is Wat Pa Phon Phao.
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One of the first things you pass if you are walking up Phousi Hill. The Wat's biggest plus point is the balcony, with a view just as good as at the top but without the crowds. Note - you can see sunrise but not sunset from this point. You can see north across the Mekong, over to the airport and the prominent gold stupa on a nearby hill is Wat Pa Phon Phao. Steps lead down to a small cave next to the Wat. It contains Buddha statues and further inside an imprint of Buddha's foot. You will need a torch for this.

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