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Timings : 8 AM to 5 PM

Time Required : 1 hour

Entry Fee : Free entry. Can donate as much as possible.

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Wat Pa Huak, Luang Prabang Overview

Wat Pa Huak is a wooden Buddhist temple located in the old town of Luang Prabang in Laos. It is the oldest wooden temple in the city and one of the few remaining wooden Buddhist pagodas in the country. Tourists traveling Luang Prabang visit this temple for the murals in the temple walls, which contain elaborate details of Buddhism along with several stories and images of Buddha.

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Best time to visit

The best time to visit Wat Pa Huak is early in the morning or late afternoon when the weather is pleasant.

Wat Pa Huak History & Significance

Wat Pa Huak translates to 'The Monastery of The Thornless Bamboo Forest' in the local language. A monk Phaya Si Mahanam initiated the construction under the reign of Lao King Chantharath in 1861. The temple is built in the Vietnamese and Thai style of architecture, which is a unique feature.

There is an elaborate wooden porch which consists of carvings depicting Hindu GodIndira, riding his three-headed elephant Airavata. The other noticeable feature are the wall-paintings within the temple premises, depicting tales of Buddha's journey, along with his teachings and interactions with the monks. The temple was home to historical manuscripts which have been preserved. Unlike other temples, Wat Pa Huak is poorly maintained, and as such, most of the parts of this structure are on the verge of becoming ruins.

How To Reach Wat Pa Huak

Wat Pa Huak is located in the old town of Luang Prabang at the northeast entry to Mount Phousi. The best way to reach is by walking, which would take about 20 minutes. You can get there by hiring a Tuk-Tuk. It costs about 3 USD for a round trip. You can also rent a motorbike for about 10 to 12 USD per day, or you can get there by bike which cost about 3 to 4 USD for rent per day.

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