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Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong)

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Address: Luang Prabang, Laos
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Laos' most enchanting temple was built in 1560.

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So pretty

I am running out of words to describe all the temples but this one was truly beautiful. Do not pass it by.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I am running out of words to describe all the temples but this one was truly beautiful. Do not pass it by.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Wat Xieng Thong is one the more popular temple but Do Not ignore the others which are unique in their own way. Entrance fee is kip 20,000.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It derived its name from the Thong tree with the beautiful scarlet flowers when the site was discovered by two hermits here. Local legend states that King Setthathirath (1534-1572) generously allowed his palace to be turned into a monastery when he moved the royal capital to Vientiane in 1563. In 1887, this monastery is the only one spared when Chinese... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

So many time I have visited Luang Prabang and it is still exceptional. Just has to be seen and experienced.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is considered the most holy of all the monasteries in Laos, and in the city, it's the only one that has never been destroyed at some point by the Chinese. Be sure to look behind the main Wat just up the stairs -- there's a small building there that houses a Buddha that is not supposed to see daylight,... More 

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I know this is thought of as one of the most important temples on Laos and it is very nice but I'm just templed out and struggled to see why, despite hearing its history. Very clean area and I liked the royal carriages which were made to look like boats.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I actually left this till last on a recent 4 day trip to Luang Prabang. Visiting early morning was a good idea to escape both the heat and crowds. Well worth a visit and close to the riverview and UNESCORTED plaque.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must see for anyone in Luang Prabang. While not the most grandest of temples, it just exudes magnificence and grandeur on a smaller scale.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A really good and unusual example of a local temple. Well worth the visit. The mirrored decorations are stunning.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful temple with an impressive interior ambiance. I believe it is the only one here that is really old.

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