Luang Prabang = The Patterns Of Wat Sene

The Wat Sene Souk Haram (from the Sanskrit Sukharam) also known as the temple of 100,000 treasures, is one of many beautiful temples in Luang Prabang.

Its facade and doors are heavily gilded and every inch of space on its walls, columns and even under its roof is covered with stenciled patterns. The secondary structures in the complex, like the drum tower and subsidiary shrines are just as beautifully embellished.The Sim with its swooping roof - Wat Sene Souk HaramThe Sim with its swooping roof and gilded facade.The drum tower - Wat Sene Souk Haram

Pattern encrusted columns and eaves of the drum tower

Naga eave brackets - Wat Sene Souk Haram
Naga eave brackets and window bars

Until next time…happy travels, no matter where life takes you.

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

95 thoughts on “Luang Prabang = The Patterns Of Wat Sene

  1. Your header photo is STUNNING! A great gallery again and the temple is so beautiful in it’s details, pattern and colors. Love the little drum tower. It’s so delicate in everything.

    1. Thank you so much Viveka. Love that one too. Perhaps I should have gone with just that one image πŸ™‚

      1. Sometimes one photo is enough .. but if there is a story to tell it needs a gallery. Nothing wrong with your post or choice of photos. But the header photo is truly stunning.

  2. Ahhh this brings back memories of exploring the temple in a quiet afternoon with James a year ago. It still looks as beautiful as it was.

  3. You definitely captured the patterns, texture and grandeur of Wat Sene. The monk in his saffron robe adds balance and harmony. Very nice. I could spend more time at Luang Prabang. Have a great weekend.

  4. Magnificent pictures, I love the drum tower .What is the purpose of the drum please?
    Is it a call to worship?

    1. Thank you Kathryn. The drum is used during special prayer times, a carryover from Hindu rituals I imagine. We heard the rhythmic pounding one evening when we were up in Phousi hill awaiting sunset.

  5. your photos of this treasure are just divine madhu … i love how you caught the row of gilded eave brackets especially … all so beautiful … my old photos are so dull by comparison … these are brimming with reverence and joy!

    1. Oh thank you Christine! All thanks to my design background …….I get caught up in the architectural details πŸ™‚

    1. Most of the temples in LP are kind of grand. I preferred an older and simpler temple called Wat Visoun though. Shall post pictures soon
      Welcome back Jo, can’t wait to hear all about your trip πŸ™‚

    1. We heard the pounding from a distance one evening Gilly. Would have loved to have witnessed those prayers.

    1. Thank you! You might like this post on Luang Prabang better. Are you going there soon? Shall look forward to your impressions πŸ™‚

      1. I was drummer in a rockband when I was very young – the other lie about my age when I started because I was only 12 (the 4 other were 5-6 years older than me… πŸ™‚

  6. I love your header photo, too, but the ones you chose for today’s challenge were also beautiful and so different from what we see in the west.

    Enjoy your weekend,


  7. Absolutely stunning as always Madhu. Thanks for the lovely tour again. πŸ™‚ *hugs*

  8. Amazing pictures! It’s a very beautiful place and your pictures do it proper justice.

  9. We are getting very anxious to explore this part of the world. You are assisting me greatly with our itinerary.

  10. The way you took the drum tower pic makes it look like a tree house (the 2nd pic). Impressive place, Madhu and great shots too πŸ™‚

  11. It is indeed a temple of treasures….priceless treasures that shines and dazzle with every picture in this post. A beautiful place with so much history, traditions and Artistic workmanship.

  12. Absolutely beautiful, Madhu! You really captured the essence of this stunning wat – especially the Big Buddha which was very tricky to photograph. We were there last year and fell in love with the gilded stenciling and graceful nagas. Thanks for this elegant reminder. All the best, Terri

  13. Beautiful photos Madhu. One of these days in a future lifetime, I will get to visit ancient worlds.

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