WAT XIENG THONG – THE MOST TRADITIONAL TEMPLE
Wat Xieng Thong (“Temple of the Golden City”) is a Buddhist temple (wat). It is located on the northern tip of the peninsula of Luang Prabang, Laos. Wat Xieng Thong remains a significant monument to the spirit of religion, royalty and traditional art. In the pass, this is one of the most important of Lao monasteries.
Wat Xieng Thong is the most historically significant and impressive of Luang Prabang’s many wats. The low sweeping double-tiered roof (the front portico actually forms a third tier) and the rich interior and exterior decoration of its sim create an exceptionally fine example of the classic Luang Prabang style. Numerous number of chapels and other buildings make the entire monastery complex as an architectural gem.
This temple is well-known for being a place for coronation of Lao kings as well as many other festivals. It was first constructed in 1560 by King Setthathirath. In 1887, the temple was luckily spared destruction during the Chinese Black Flag invasion when many city’s monasteries were damaged or destroyed. However, time took hold and much-needed remodeling took place during the 60s. The temple still remains in its original form with repairs on the roof, gold leaf gilding and gold lacquering restoration newly added to the walls and entrance.
Nowadays, Wat Xieng Thong remains one of the most attractive destination for tourists as its architecture and ancient value:
Opening hours and entry charge:
Opening hours: Daily from 08:00-17:00.
Admission fee: 20,000 Kip (approx. €2, see Lao currency Kip).
Recommendations for the Wat Xieng Thong
– Take off sunglasses before enter temple.
_ Should not show bare shoulders and legs.
– There is traditional sarong to hire if needed.
– Souvenirs are available in the area close to the temple entrance.
How to get to the Wat Xieng Thong
The temple stands at the end of the Luang Prabang peninsula between Khem Khong road and Sakkaline road. Tourists can walk to the temple easily without any trouble. A tuk tuk or jumbo will cost around 10,000 to 15,000 Kip depending on the distance you disire.