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Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong)

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Laos' most enchanting temple was built in 1560.

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Beautifully adorned, carved and decorated. This is the spiritual center of Luang Prabang. There is an entry fee but it is well worth it.

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Julien P
Astoria, New York
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Astoria, New York
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Beautifully adorned, carved and decorated. This is the spiritual center of Luang Prabang. There is an entry fee but it is well worth it.

Thank Julien P
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 700 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

it is located at the end of the peninsular. the structure, roof and architecture are all beautifully built. inside the compound it is very peaceful and calm. monks are praying, meditating or just going about doing their rituals. the best in LP.

Thank jeff1955malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The temple is historical with heaps of wood crafting / painting on the walls, very interesting and educational if you can spend some time to study it. Everything is attractive~ Highly recommended, but spending time walking around the temple and understanding the story is the key.

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Laos is full of Temples (Wats) but this one is very beautiful. Situated close to where the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers meet, this wat was used for the coronation of the Lao Kings. Special features are the tree of life mosaic, the 12 metre high funeral carriage, a rare reclining black Buddha not to mention the wonderful architecture.

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Essex, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

People who visit South East Asia, and this is our fourth time, usually go to see the local life on the Mekong, experience local traditions, eat traditional food, and visit temples. This was no exception to all the beautiful buildings that we saw on our tour of Laos.

Thank pmr0bins
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Even my good companion and temple expert Dr Bill rated this wat in his top 30 of temples in SE Asia. Peaceful and serene, one could stroll and reflect without being hassled. Well worth a visit.

Thank Paul62Canberra
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Surprisingly I spend over an hour inside the temple, the arts and decorations is just simply stunning, worth sitting down quietly at the gardens, a total relaxing place to purify the mind. Tips: There is 4 entrance / exit for the temple, outside the door facing Kounxoau Road there is a little food stall whihch selling noodles soup which I... More 

Thank 983edwarde
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It cost 20,000kip to enter and remember to wear long dress or pants if you are a lady. Shorts ok if you are a guy. Temples were I. Good condition, all that fake gold bling that Buddhists like etc.

Thank FlyAwayOz
Beijing, China
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137 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The temple nearest our hotel, we were very happy to visit it. The history and story of the grounds and royalty make it more special. Do a bit of research before going. It is fun to look at the smaller buildings which illustrate Buddhist stories in the form of tiles on the outsides of the walls. The main building with... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Visited during the day - you need to be respectfully dressed (no shoulder or knees showing) but there is clothing to hire if needs be (about 50p per item). Stunningly beautiful temple with huge Buddha inside. We also returned after sunset and were lucky enough to be able to witness the candlelight ceremony and parade which was magical (apparently only... More 

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