Sights in Luang prabang

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The Mekong River lies to the south of the town and Mount Phousi affords a dramatic view of the entire area. The Royal Palace, the National Museum and the countless pagodas offer the visitor a wealth of site-seeing opportunities.

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National Museum/ Royal Palace Museum

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The National Museum used to be the Royal Palace (Haw Kham) before. It houses Royal throne of Lan Xang kingdom in its original splendour, and many other religious treasures. It is located on the bank of the Mekong River, facing Mount Phusi. Admission: 20000 Kip. Please wear decent clothes.

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Wat Visoun (Wat Wisunalat)

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The temple was constructed during the reign of King Visounarat around 1520. The phrabang, the fine gold Buddha image, the religious symbol of the Kingdom, was enshrined here from 1504 to 1715 A.D., and from 1866 to 1874 A.D. In 1942, it was turned into a Museum of Religious Arts, and housed collections of Buddha images and religious artifacts from the fourteenth century. Within its precincts stands the gigantic That Makmo (watermelon stupa), originally known as That Patum or Lotus Stupa, built in 1503 A.D. Admission: 400 Kip.

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Wat Xiengthong (Golden City Temple)

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Situated on the bank of the Mekong River Wat Xiengthong was constructed in 1559/1560 A.D. by king Say Setthathirath. Is is probably the most beautiful monastery of Luang Prabang and represents the typical Lao art style. Many old and beautiful religious artifacts of the period between the sixteenth and the twentieth centuries, and some ancient masterpieces of Lao art are to be seen here. Admission: 250 Kip.

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Wat Mai

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The temple was built in 1821 A.D., during the reign of king Manthatourath. It was once the residence of the Patriach of the Buddhist clergy. The five-tiered roof of the wooden Sim is the traditional Luang Prabang style.

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Lu village (Baan Lu)

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Lu village is located only 3 km from the centre of Luang Prabang. It is famous for cotton and silk weaving, and some beautifully hand-crafted souvenirs. The Lu people of Ban Phanom came originally from Sip Song Panna in the southern Chinese province of Yunnan.

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