Wat Long Khoun
Popular for its title “The Monastery of the Happy,” the temple once served as a place where people -- commoners and royalties alike -- can meditate and find spiritual rejuvenation.
Located near the banks of Mekong River, the Wat Long Khoun temple has long been associated with the Luang Prabang Royal Family — newly-appointed kings used to spend three days inside the temple for cleansing and meditation before he is formally crowned. Wat Long Khoun strongly bears the traces of 18th-century Lao architecture — elaborate roof, gilded columns, and intricate wood designs and carvings. One part of the temple contains Jakata murals that depict various things such as the 547 lives of Buddha, and legend and myths centred on Buddhist beliefs on kindness and giving.
Wat Long Khoun is located at Xiamen District, Luang Prabang Laos.
Opening Days and Hours
The temple grounds open from 8:00 to 17:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance to the temple is USD 1.
How to Get There
- Fly from Vientiane to Luang Prabang via Lao Airlines or Lao Skyway.
- From Luang Prabang, rent a tuk-tuk to Wat Xieng Thong.
- Take a boat to Wat Long Khoun.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
You can explore Wat Long Khoun for 2 hours.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
To make sure you still have time to see other attractions, best start your trip to Wat Long Khoun at 8:00 and leave by 10:00.
For food, guests can try the local and international dishes served by restaurants like L’Elephant Restaurant, Dyen Sabai Restaurant, Coconut Garden, Blue Lagoon Restaurant and Cafe Toui.
- Wat Xieng Thong
- Elephant Village Sanctuary
- Mekong River
There are a number of hotels around Luang Prabang which offer accommodations with rates starting from USD 60 to USD 250. Some of these hotels are The Apsara, Villa Santi Hotel, and The Belle Rive Boutique Hotel.