Pakse Town

Vat Luang

Take the time to enjoy a visit to Vat Luang, the largest and most significant temple in Pakse. It sits prominently on the banks of the Sedone near the main bridge, with wonderful views across the river.

The temple was built in 1935 and is a beautiful place to wander through. Admire the building walls ornately decorated with intricate murals and a golden Buddha. It is also home to a Sangha school (Buddhist monks’ school) with courses in English, business and cultural studies. They have a large library, and even open their doors to foreign volunteers. The head and representative of the Champasak Sangha community in Champasak also lives there.

Some of the most notable features of this striking temple are the funerary shrines at the front, which contain the ashes of the Lao royal family and a former prime minister.

See and do:

  • Witness the orange-clothed Buddhist monks collecting alms by the river at sunrise
  • Visit in the early morning or late afternoon to witness the hustle and bustle of temple life and enjoy the mystical light for the best photographs
  • Admire the beautiful golden murals and the view across the Sedone River

Entrance fee:

The entrance fee is 5,000 Lao Kip per person

How to get there:

You can walk to the temple from the center of Pakse. It is basically at the edge of town on the Sedone River, before the bridge on Route 13 to the airport.