If you love temples, then Luang Prabang will be heaven for you. The spiritual heart of Laos, as well as the ancient capital, Luang Prabang has so many Buddhist temples that you can rarely walk down a street without coming across one. I love Luang Prabang for its beautiful old buildings, its picturesque streets and its laid back atmosphere, so most of my time in the city is spent just wandering around aimlessly. Its the sort of place where I can go out each day and discover something new, whether it be a street I haven’t walked down before, or a little cafe hidden down an alley.
On my recent trip, I returned to some of the places that I visited last time, but I also discovered some new sites. One of those was Wat Sensoukharam – a beautiful Buddhist temple located right in the heart of the old town of Luang Prabang.
Wat Sensoukharam was originally built in 1718 during the reign of King Kitsarath, and was restored to its current state in 1957. Also known as Wat Sen, the temple is believed to have been built using 100,000 stones from the Mekong River, giving the temple it’s name, roughly translating to “Temple of 100,000 Treasures”.
The temple is one of Luang Prabang’s largest monasteries and there are quite a few buildings to explore. The Viharn itself was closed when I visited, so I couldn’t see the interior, but the exterior is quite spectacular on its own, along with the other surrounding buildings such as the Chapel of the Standing Buddha.
Wat Sensoukharam is located on Sakkarin Road which is the main street in the old town of Luang Prabang, running parallel to the Mekong River. From Phou Si and the Royal Palace, head west along the street and you can’t miss it.