Your base for this tourist attraction is the Unesco World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, Laos. For tourist information about Luang Prabang, go to Luang Prabang Travel Guide. To prepare for a trip to Laos, read also the Laos Travel Guide. Looking for budget accommodation there? Use AsiaExplorers Budget Accommodation Guide, the no-frills website to cover your budget accommodation needs.
Wat Phra Phome Phao Travel Information
Wat Phra Phome Phao Santi Chedi is written in a variety of ways, as far as my research told me. Wat Phra Phome Phao Santi Chedi is a bell-shaped stupa that is highly visible from Mount Phousi, as we looked in the direction of the eastern bank of the Nam Khan Riveroutside the main portion of Luang Prabang, Laos. I went out of Luang Prabang to look for it, and found that it was located at the top of a hillock. From the foot of it, unfortunately, the stupa is not that visible, hidden by its two-storey podium.
The podium is hexagonal with lovely ornamentally carved doors. Inside are painted frescoes depicting the Buddhist heavens and hells.
Wat Phra Phome Phao Santi Chedi was built in 1959, but the project was only completed in 1988. Funds for the construction came from donation of Laotian people from abroad. The stupa is said to model after the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.
If you're going to Luang Prabang, you'd be glad to know that the town is quite small. You can go to most places on foot if you want to. Otherwise, you can also catch a tuk tuk to take you around. As for accommodation, they range from very simple, basic beds to boutique hotels. You can visit the Luang Prabang Hotels guide for a list of budget accommodation.
The sim of Wat Phra Phome Phao.
One of the doors of Wat Phra Phome Phao.
Wat Phra Phome Phao as seen across the Nam Khan river from Mount Phousi.
How to go to Wat Phra Phome Phao
Wat Phra Phome Phao is located on the eastern bank of the Nam Khan River, after the Sisavangvong Bridge, on the outskirts of Luang Prabang. It is not too difficult to find, as long as you get a knowledgeable tuk tuk to take you there. You can also see it from the top of Mount Phousi.
5 Days 4 Nights Romantic Luang Prabang Tour
Explore Luang Prabang, Pak Ou, Kuang Si Waterfalls on this 5 day 4 nights tour, provided by Exotissimo Travel in conjunction with AsiaExplorers. Details here. (This tour is conducted only until September 2012).