Luang Prabang National Museum
Luang Prabang, Laos
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Luang Prabang National Museum Reviews
The Most Beautiful Bhuddist temple in the world! Jul 12, 2011
Xiengthong Temple of Luang Prabang is the most refined example of Sacred Latian architecture. It is the most iconic temple in Luang Prabang. The mosaic depicting the tree of life adorns the exterior of this golden temple. This temple is truly the epitome of the golden age of this ancient Southeast Asian kingdom of Laos. Laos is the Bhutan of SE Asia and Wat Xienthong Temple is the symbol of this glorious civilization!
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Luang Prabang National Museum Jul 16, 2009
Someone told me that the best way to know a country in a very short time is by visiting its museum. Which was what we exactly did the second day we were in Luang Prabang. The Luang Prabang National Museum is located in the town. To get there you can either take a bicycle (which what we did) or walk. It is not that difficult to find the place as it is quite big.
Entrance is 30,000 kips per entry and camera is prohibited (how sad). Like in any house in Laos, we were not allowed to wear our footwear. The museum provided a place where we could store of flip flops. They also provides the visitors with locker to keep your camera and bag in. The only thing that they didnt provide was a tourguide, which I think could be quite useful for tourists who are really interested to find out more about the place.
The museum is actually an old palace belonging to one of the most remembered king of Laos. It is quite an experience as they keep the place well preserved. You will be able to see the royal throne, the royal living room and even the royal bedrooms! I was disappointed to see that the rooms were quite bare...the kind and queen must've been really bored then. Displayed along the corridor were some collection of the king and the queen's royal regalia, cutleries and gifts that he received from other countries.
Outside of the palace is a garage where you can find the king's collection of car and his boat that he used during his outting.
When we visited the place, there was a special exhibition on the "flying monk". My friends and I were really excited to find out how a monk flies so we went to another exhibition hall. Sadly it was not what we expected - no the monk didn't fly.
In the courtyard there is another building right before the main entrance. It was the royal temple where the king performed his ritual. The temple is a bit simpler than the others that we saw in Luang Prabang but the art and craftmanship were exquisite.
Opposite of the temple you will be able to see a statue of the king of Laos.
This is a very good place to stopby if you want to learn a bit of history and some culture.
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