Wat Long Khoun in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang Attractions

Wat Long Khoun once served as a sanctuary for those seeking spiritual rejuvenation. Prior to a king’s coronation, he would retreat to the temple for 3 days for cleansing and meditation. Also known as the ‘Monastery of the Happy’, Wat Long Khoun features 18th-century Lao architecture, with 2 single level sections: the front part was extended in 1937 during the reign of King Sisavonvan – it features gilded columns and intricate wood carvings.

The older section of Wat Long Khoun contains Jataka murals, which still retain some of their original vibrancy telling the story of the 547 lives of Lord Buddha. The murals also feature local myths and legends that incorporate Buddhist morals of kindness and the importance of giving. Look up to find a red ceiling with stencilled dharma wheels, peacocks and mythical creatures.

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The original meditation room once used by kings is still intact, along with the living quarters for monks. Entrance to the portico is guarded by 2 large statues with the entire porch supported by 8 elegant black-and-gold columns topped with lotus petal designs.

Wat Long Khoun is across the street from Wat Xieng Thong, so make sure you visit both temples during your holiday in Luang Prabang. The temple serves the local Buddhist community, so refrain from making loud noises out of respect for the monks and devotees. Wear modest clothes and remove you shoes and sunglasses before entering.

Wat Long Khoun

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 6am to 6pm
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