Wat Xieng Thong

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Tags : Buddhist Temple

Timings : 8 AM to 5 PM

Time Required : 1 to 2 hours

Entry Fee : 20000 LAK or 3.25 USD

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Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang Overview

Wat Xieng Thong is a vast ancient Buddhist temple located in the old town of Luang Prabang in Laos. It is a royal temple on the banks of the Mekong River and is one of the most beautiful monuments in Laos. It is also one of the few monuments in Laos to survive invasions and is a rare example of the rich history, religious art and architecture. Wat Xieng Thong is a top attraction among tourists visiting Luang Prabang for the elaborately done paintings and the intricate decorations throughout the temple.

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Wat Xieng Thong History & Significance

Wat Xieng Thong translates to the temple of the golden city in the local language. It was built in 1559 by King Setthathirath on the banks of the Mekong River where the Nam river joins the Mekong. It served as a royal temple until 1975 and was the place where the Kings of Laos were coronated. The temple was one of the most important monasteries in the country, along with being a sacred site. The Laos style structure also encouraged traditional paintings by local artists that received support from the Kings.

Wat Xieng Thong did not suffer any significant damage during the Siamese invasion in 1828, and over time, multiple restorations of different parts of the site have been undertaken.

How To Reach Wat Xieng Thong

Wat Xieng Thong is located in the heart of Luang Prabang in the old town area. The best way to reach is on foot, which takes less than 20 minutes. You can get there by hiring a Tuk-Tuk. It costs about 4 USD for a round trip. You can also rent a motorbike for about 12 to 14 USD per day, or you can get there by bike(bicycle) which cost about 3 to 4 USD for rent per day.

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