Timings : 8:00 - 11:30 & 13:30 - 16:00 (Wednesday - Monday), last entry 15:30
Entry Fee : USD 3.5
Evoking traditional Lao and French beaux-arts styles, the former Royal Palace was built in 1904 and was home to King Sisavang Vong (r 1905_59), whose statue stands outside.
The Palace Museum is a must stop. Although there's absolutely nothing sacred about the king anymore, the museum has a dress code for Lao and foreign visitors: no shorts, T-shirts, or short dresses and you must leave any cameras or bags at the front reception area. You proceed on a counterclockwise tour through the main halls and rooms of the palace. The palace was meant to dazzle, and the king's former audience room, used for receiving foreign envoys, certainly does that. The Palace Museum includes a small but impressive collection of royal Lao artifacts (Ramayana), Mayana dance masks, musical instruments, royal seals and medals, porcelain and Buddha statues.
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