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Luang Prabang
Lao's People Democratic Republic

LUANG PRABANG - A WORLD HERITAGE SITE
The ancient capital of the former Kingdom is one of the best-preserved ancient cities in South East Asia. Nestled in the mountains at the confluence of the Mekong and Khan Rivers the town has a unique charm with gilded temples on nearly every corner and saffron robed monks strolling through the quiet streets. The city center has kept the flair of the bygone days and is rich in cultural heritage with old monasteries and temples. A UNESCO report identified 33 temples and 111 historic Lao-French buildings and in 1995 the city was declared a World Heritage Site. It is a sleepy town and it is best to explore the center and discover the ancient monuments on foot.

MAIN SITES IN LUANG PRABANG

Vat Xiengthong
Vat Xiengthong is the most beautiful among all monasteries of Luang Prabang and represents the typical Lao architecture. It was constructed in 1560 by King Say Setthathirath and is situated on the wedge of land formed where the Mekong and the Nam Khan rivers meet.

Vat Wisunalat
This temple was build in 1513 and is the oldest temple in Luang Prabang. It was destroyed by fire at the end of the 19th Century and rebuild shortly after, keeping the old structure as much as possible. It has an unique roof that sloes sideway over the terrace and inside the high ceiling is a collection of gilded Buddha images.

Vat Aham
This Vat used to be the residence of the Sangkhalat (Supreme Patriarch of Lao Buddhism). In front of the temple are two large Banyan Trees which are home to the town's most important spirit shrine.

Vat Mai Suwannaphumahang
This temple in the center of town has a traditional five-tiered roof, the traditional Luang Prabang style. The main attraction however is the front veranda with it's beautifully decorated columns and the sumptuous gold relief on the wall that recounts scenes from the Ramayana and village life.

Phu Si
The temples on the slopes of the hill in the center of town are all of recent construction. From the top of the hill however you have an excellent view over the charming city of Luang Prabang and it's surroundings.

Royal Palace Museum
Constructed as a palace by King Sisavangvong between 1904 and 1909 in the center of town the building is now used as National Museum. It houses the Royal Throne of the Lan Xang Kingdom in its original splendor, and a lovely collection of personal artifacts of the Royal Family as photos, musical equipment and gifts received from foreign visitors.

SITES AROUND LUANG PRABANG

Koungsy Waterfall
The beautiful Kouangsy Waterfall is located about 30km outside Vientiane in an ideal area deep in the forest, away from human habitation. The waterfall tumbles over multi-tiered limestone formations into cool, clear pools and invite for a refreshing swim or simply for rest and relaxation.

Pak Oo Caves
The holy limestone caves of Pak Oo are located on a rock cliff rising vertically from the waters of the Mekong River. The most famous caves are the two main caves, which are full of Buddha images in various styles.

A pleasant 2 hours boat ride from Luang Prabang takes us there and on the way we can visit local villages on the shore of the river.

 

 
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