Wat Mai became the repository of the Pha Bang until, in 1947, the gold statue was moved to the royal palace, now the Royal Palace Museum.
During the Pimai Lao Festival in Apr, the image sagrada of Buddha is carried from the National Museum to Wat Mai for ritual cleansing ceremonies. The local residents pour perfumed water over the image, and put flowers on it to pay respect to Prabang.
Address: Sisavangvong, Luang Prabang, Laos
Open daily, from 08:00-17:00
Location: In the Phu Si Area in Luang Prabang
Entrance fee: Adult: 10,000Kip = 1,2 dollars.
The usual etiquette with regards to visiting places of worship in Lao applies, no bare shoulders or legs and avoid touching any of the relics unless you are invited to do so. A respectful silence should also be maintained where possible.