Wat Xieng Thong, Luang PrabangWat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang

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    Most famous temple of Luang Prabang.
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Luang Prabang's nicest temple. But not out of the beaten track...

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Wat Xieng Thong was built in 1560 by King Setthathirath and was under royal patronage till 1975. Like the royal palace, the wat was placed near the Mekong, to ease the King transportation.

This temple, along with Wat Suwannaphumaham, was spared by any damage during the sacking of the city in 1887. This was because the Black Flag Haw leader, Deo Van Tri, had studied here as a monk in his early life, and used it as his headquarters during the sacking of Luang Phrabang.

At the rear of the Sim, have a look at the mosaic tree of life.

At the eastern gate stands the royal funerary carriage house. Have a look at the funeral carriage (which stands 12 meters high) and at the various urns for the members of the royal family.

How getting there: 

The temple is located on the northern tip of the peninsula, on Sakkarin road.

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

From 8.00am to 5.00pm daily.

Visit duration: 

30mn.

Entry fees: 

$1.