Wat Xieng Thong

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Vipin Vipin
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Touristy but authentic Apr 05, 2010
Situated near the banks of the Mekong River, Vat Xieng Thong was constructed in the sixteenth century and serves as the oldest monastery in Luang Prabang. It has been faithfully restored on a couple of occasions during the twentieth century. The site is studded with various buildings that contain beautiful statues and paintings as well as artefacts belonging to former Lao kings (I think the remains and paraphernalia of a couple of kings are still here). Entrance is cheap too, at around a couple of USD. Although the monastery is authentically preserved, I fear that it does have more of a museum feel to it these days rather than still giving off the feel of an authentic and fully working monastery. However, it was a very beautiful visit and I still think it’s well worth a visit when you are in Luang Prabang.
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