LUANG PRABANG PROVINCE
Luang Prabang is the ancient capital city of the Lane Xang Kingdom dating from
1354 A.D. According to the Luang Prabang legend, the original name of Luang
Prabang was Muang Swa, named after King Khun Xua around the eight century, later
known as Xieng Dong and Xieng Thong. During the reign of King Fa Ngum between
1354 and 1372 A.D., Xieng Dong and Xieng Thong cities were renamed Luang Prabang
in the name of the old image of Buddha, the Prabang. The capital was then transferred
to Vientiane city in 1560 A.D.
Luang Pranbang is around 260 kilometers from Vientiane, It takes about 10 hours
by bus or 35 minutes by Lao Airlines to reach and it is one of the most attractive
areas of the country.
VAT XIENG THONG TEMPLE
Build during the 16th Century by King Saysetthathirath and completed in 1560.
vat Xieng Thong temple is one of the most interesting examples of art and Buddhism
architecture. The ornate carved and gilded funeral vehicle of the former king
kept in one of the buildings in the temple grounds. It is well worth visiting
and paying your respects to this temple while in Luang Prabang. This temple
was used to organize the highest Royal Ceremonies and houses the bones of King
Sisavangvong. The intricate golden facades, colorful murals, glass mosaics and
unique three-layered roof make this one of the most beautiful temples In Asia.
VAT THAT CHOMSI TEMPLE
Located at the top of Mount Phousi in the heart of the town, this delightful
stupa was built in 1804 during the reign of King Anourouth. Vat That Chomsi
has become a symbol of Luang Prabang's spiritual significance to Laos.
The former Royal Palace, which was constructed since 1904 to 1909 during the
reign of King Sisavanvong, has now been converted into National Museum. A collection
of personal artifacts belonging to the former Royal Family, historical photographs,
musical instruments and gifts to the national from foreign countries are on