Vat Hat Siaow lies across the Mekong River and slightly up river from Luang Prabang town. As with many temples and monasteries in Luang Prabang, Hat Siaow stands in an almost perfectly harmonious position. Traditionally it was a place of retreat and meditation for senior monks and for members of the former Lao royal family. Although abandoned for some years and decayed by neglect, since 2011 it has been reoccupied by an energetic young monk as abbot of the temple and a group of novices.
Thanks to the efforts of the abbot, and with support from the Buddhist Heritage Project (with significant help from the Badur Foundation and several private donors) much has been done at Hat Siaow to restore the structures.
Alas the Sim, or chapel, which holds some of the finest wall murals in the country, is in very bad repair...restoration of this will require a huge and costly effort that has been beyond our Project's resources to this point. However, working with the abbot, and in conjunction with a large number of local Lao donors, significant restoration and new construction has taken place at this historically important temple.
Please scroll through the images below for a glimpse into this important and appealing small temple.