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Timings : 8 AM to 5 PM

Time Required : 1 hour

Entry Fee : 20000 LAK or 2.6 USD per person

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Wat Pa Phon Phao, Luang Prabang Overview

Wat Pa Phon Phao is a Buddhist hill temple located across the Nam Khan River in the city of Luang Prabang in Laos. It was a retreat in the forest for meditation and spiritual learning for the Kings of Laos. This temple with a golden stupa is known for its unique octagonal-shaped architecture, picturesque location offering excellent panoramic views of the mountains and the surrounding Phanom village. It is worth visiting Wat Pa Phon Phao on your trip to Luang Prabang.

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Best time to visit

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

Wat Pa Phon Phao History & Significance

Wat Pa Phon Phao also called as Wat Phon Phao translates to Peacefulness Temple in the local language. It was built in the 1950s and is known for the characteristic golden stupa and colourful wall paintings in the interior of the temple, which depicts various teachings and life of Buddha. It was used for meditation and retreat, and even today monks reside in the monastery here.

Women monks manage the working of this temple. It is well known for the teachings of the famous monk Ajahn Saisamut, whose funeral in 1992 was the largest in Laos.


It is expected that tourists dress appropriately while visiting a Buddhist temple. Women need to cover their shoulder at all times and wear knee-length attire. Sleeveless shirts and shorts are not also allowed for both men and women. The rules are strictly followed, and you might be denied entry by the guards if you fail to obey them. You also need to take off your shoes, hat and sunglasses before entering the temple premises.

How To Reach Wat Pa Phon Phao

Wat Pa Phon Phao is located about 3km from the old town in Luang Prabang. 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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