Wat That Luang Neua is one of four temples surrounding the much more famous Wat Pha That Luang in Vientiane, Laos. When you visit Wat Pha That Luang we recommend that you spend 30 minutes looking around Wat That Luang Neua.
About Wat That Luang Neua
Wat That Luang Neua is classic Laos style Buddhist temple with three particular points of interest. The first is the main temple building, the entrance to which is flanked on both sides by statues of the Lord Buddha in a standing position. The front gable end of the roof features highly elaborated golden stencil work. The inside of the temple building is also colourfully decorated with many murals depicting scenes from the life of the Lord Buddha.
The second point of interest at Wat That Luang Neua are the largest golden statues in the gardens around the temple, the most famous of which is the large golden reclining Buddha. A walk in the gardens is peaceful and a break from the crowds at Wat Pha That Luang.
The third major point of interest at Wat That Luang Neua is the bodhi tree in the grounds of the temple. The bodhi tree is believed to be a descendent of the bodhi tree under which the Lord Buddha achieved enlightenment in Bodh Gaya, India. The bodhi tree at Wat That Luang Neua is surrounded by a circle of smaller golden statues each depicting the Lord Buddha in different pose. Each of the different poses has a specific meaning which you will need a guide or Laos speaker to explain as the inscriptions on the statue are written in the Laos language.
Location of Wat That Luang Neua
Wat That Luang Neua is located 2.7 km by road from the Patuxai Monument.