Wat Sensoukaram (Red Temple)

Attraction Sakkarine 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
Temple & Monument
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The facade of the temple is a beautiful red color, hence the nickname “Red Temple.” It was built in 1718 and later restored twice (1932, 1957).

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Why Wat Sensoukaram (Red Temple) is special ?

Facing Th Sakkarin, Wat Sensoukarahm is a Thai-style wat built in 1718 and restored in 1932 and 1957. The name reportedly refers to its founding on an initial 100000 kip donation. It has one of the most dazzling facades of all of Luang Prabang's temples; rich ruby red with intricate gold overlay. It boasts the most dazzling façade of all Luang Prabang temples: a deep ruby red complex plus overlays of gold.

This temple's Thai-styled decorations are a real feast for the eyes.

Selling points

  • “Take your time to admire the motifs on the wall and roof”
  • “Intricate Motifs”
  • “Magical wind chimes”
  • “Sumptuous style”
  • “The wooden abode of the monk impressive.”
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629.86 USD
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Sakkarine Road, Luang Prabang, Laos

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Tips for you

  • Go early before the sun comes up so that you can get the full impact of the rich colors. Once the sun is up, the colors are usually washed out. Going early also avoids the army of tourists that show up later in the morning and throughout the day.
  • You can also visit the smaller temples that surrounds it and monks will allow you to participate to their religious ceremonies which will provide you with insights of their culture.
    Things to do
  • There are 3 golden Lao style stupas in its courtyard along with a pavilion housing a rare standing Buddha. The main building is exquisitely decorated inside and out with deep reds and gold.
    What to see


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This temple was somewhat more special then the other's we had seen. Maybe it was that while we were marveling at the beauty, some of the wind chimes took off oh-so-slightly, as if welcoming us. There is some intricate artwork and I liked that they have guidelines out there regarding the alms giving ceremony ... too bad that those people who really need to read them are too ignorant to read them ... don't miss this temple, seems that there is no fee.

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