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Wat Muang Kang

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Dating to the 19th century, Wat Muang Kang (also known as Wat Phuthavanaram) is Champasak’s oldest active temple. With a lovely position on the banks of the Mekong river, the wat possesses a stunning blend of architectural styles. The crumble and patina of age only enhances its beauty.

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The main sim (chapel hall) inspires awe with grand pillars that soar up to a lofty sloped roof. The building was clearly influenced by Cambodian and Siamese architecture. Yet the charming two-storey library (Haw Tripitaka) steals the show. This building, with a distinctive three-tiered roof, blends Vietnamese, French colonial, Burmese and Lao architecture. The kuti (monks residences), the wooden stilt houses that flank the wat, are traditional Lao.

Classic temple lines. Photo taken in or around Wat Muang Kang, Champasak, Laos by Cindy Fan.

Classic temple lines. Photo: Cindy Fan

The unique blend of architectural styles, the Mekong location, the bamboo-lined pathway along the river—take a stroll at sunrise or sunset—the fact that monks continue to reside here and that few people visit all combine to make this unsung wat one of our ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 100 words.)

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