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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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Lots of history here & quite a bit to see. Entrance fee is 20,000 kip & well worth it. You will want to take plenty of photos.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots of history here & quite a bit to see. Entrance fee is 20,000 kip & well worth it. You will want to take plenty of photos.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited Wat Xieng Thong after breakfast, before too many people had arrived. It is a lovely place to see the many separate buildings, some ornately decorated, the Buddha images, and various funerary urns. The main building is very photogenic, and early in the morning you can get a shot without too many other people there. The experience was spoiled... More 

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I timed my visit towards the evening just before closing hour so as to listen to the deep reverberating chants of the buddhist monks... Very peaceful experience sitting behind the monks as they pray in the main temple .... Old style architectural domes and facades on display ...

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Cologne, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Long story short: the entry fee is 20,000 LAK just like any other sight. It is easily accessible and right in the city but not spectacular. If you want to save yourself one temple visit then do it with this one.

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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There is something about a temple in the morning that I really enjoy. They are still not too busy, the smell of incense, the warm morning sun, its terrific. This was no exception. In fact I bought some fresh fruit in the market and enjoyed eating it on the front lawn of the temple after my early morning yoga class.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I visited this temple late one morning. There is a nominal charge made on entry; the only temple we visited that did so, however, the results of these charges and money from elsewhere has ensured that the temple is in the most beautiful condition! In my view there should be guides on hand to inform the uninitiated... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Unlike a lot of the temples in LP this one has been restored which for us made it the nicest one to view. The main attraction with other temples and structures within the grounds. Loved the mosaics on the walls which show daily life, one even shows what looks like a back pack on a male character!! Close to the... More 

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Billericay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Of all the temples on LP, this is probably the one you don't want to miss. The entrance fee is 20,000 kip (£2) per person which gives you access to all of the temples within the grounds. At 17h30 every day the monks chant in the main temple; an experience not to miss. Be respectful, remain silent and kneel (soles... More 

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Mission Beach, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A credit to those who have restored and maintained this amazing part of Laos history. Extraordinary mosaic artworks. Close to other city shopping and restaurants.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This temple dates from 1560 and is said to be renowned for having survived the ravages of time without being adulterated. Certainly, it has more than that to commend it. The compound sits on the banks of The Mekong and at the far end of the peninsula that is Luang Prabang. It cost 20,000 kip (£2) to enter. The main... More 

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