1. Home
  2. >
  3. Activities & Visits
  4. >
  5. Visiting the pagodas
  6. >>
  7. Wat Phon Phao

About 2 miles from Luang Prabang, upstream from the Nam Khan river, you can find the Wat Phon Phau on top of a small hill which is looked after by female monks. Male bonzes are dressed in a yellow robe (sometimes orange or light brown) as Buddha recommended, when he said that they should wear 3 odd pieces of clothing. The women wear a sort of white kimono.

The Buddhist religion differentiates the conditions of men and women. Man is supposedly the last stage of reincarnation, the only real one on the road to Nirvana, in other words the end of the cycle.

Wat Phon Pao, in Luang Prabang - paintings

Boys are obliged to retire to a monastery for a period of at least 3 months during their youth, a retirement (bouat) of a few days (normally a maximum of 3 weeks) … for women, this is unthinkable, they must learn everything by their own means if they’re really interested.

Some monasteries accept women, but mainly only older women, who find in these religious enclosures, a spiritual refuge. At Phon Phao, several women came to escape the turmoil of Luang Prabang and work on everyday chores, including gardening.

The singularity of this temple, starts with its octagonal architecture. Built in the 1950’s, this temple is also exceptional by its interior decoration :

  • paintings representing traditional Buddhist scenes, are stunning,
  • the second floor with its paintings illustrating the different Buddhist architectures of the countries of S.E. Asia is very interesting
  • the last floor, all in gold (like the reception hall of the old royal palace) marks the ultimate preciousness of the high level.

My advice : to be seen and to be followed from ban Phanom, the historical weaving village. Some beautiful showpieces, mostly made from a mixture of cotton and yarns of silk.

Portfolio :

Event calendar
June 2024 :

Nothing for this month

May 2024 | July 2024

In the same thematic
Wat Xieng Thong
The Wat Xieng Thong, "monastery of the golden city", is the religious emblem of Luang Prabang (...)
Phousi Mountain & That Chomsi
Built in 1804 during the reign of King Anourouth and ideally located at the top of Mount Phousi (...)
Vat Mai Suwannaphumaham
The Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham or Wat Mai (New Monastery) is one of the biggest and most beautiful (...)
Wat Visoun (Visounnalat)
Built in 1512 or 1513, rebuilt in 1896-98Wat Visounnalat was originally built during the (...)
Wat Sene Souk Haram
Wat Sene Souk Haram or literally "Temple of a 100 000 treasures" is one of the most beautiful (...)
Wat Long Khun
Wat Long Khun (or Long Khoun), the Monastary of the Happy or Blessed Song (Monastère du Chant (...)
Wat Ho Xieng
This temple was called on to honour a ceremony which took place in 1548 and was presided by (...)
Wat That
This temple and its garden are surely the most beautiful in Luang Prabang. It is the centre for (...)
Wat Xieng Mouane
This temple, situated in the centre of town, is very peaceful. You can admire the numerous (...)
Wat Pak Kham
Also written Wat pakham, this temple, situated on the point of the peninsula opposite Heritage (...)
Wat Si Boun Heuang
The temple is in essence a sacred place where everybody must respect the rules. In Laos, (...)
Wat Phon Sai
A perfectly restored temple sheltering a pagoda, beautifully covered with frescos representing (...)
Wat Aham
Wat Aham signifies "The Monastery of the Blossoming Heart". This temple was surely a place for (...)
Wat Nong Sikhounmuang
Temple sheltering one of the largest pagodas in Luang Prabang, which was recently renovated. (...)
Wat Aphai
Situated behind the Mount Phousi, on the banks of the river Nam Khan, in the village where is (...)
Wat Tchoum Khong
The Wat Tchoum Khong (which means ’Temple with the heart of a Gong) was constructed under the (...)
Wat Souvannakhiri
This temple was renovated in 2006 after having been partially destroyed by a fire.Situated at (...)
Wat Sopsikhalam
Temple neighbouring the Wat Sene and whose specificities are a That covered by earthenware, (...)

Contact & Reservation

    About you
    About your journey
    Guide language(s):
    Main interests