This temple is not only the most beautiful in Luang Prabang, but arguably one of the most spectacular temples in the entire country. Built by King Setthatirath around 1560 it is a classic example of Luang Prabang style and features a gracefully sloping roof and glass [tile] murals. The best time to visit, especially for photography, is in the morning.
Open daily 08:00am – 17:00pm
Entrance fee: 20.000kip/person
Wat Xiengthong is located on the main street at the end of the peninsular, when you walk from the Luang Prabang Tourism Information Center just about 10 minutes and at the left hand side.
Do's and Don'ts
- Cover yourself from shoulders to knees, take off hats and shoes.
- Respect the monks and novices. Women are not allowed to touch them.
- Do not show affection publicly.
- Refuse any antiques or you will be fined.
Others in Buddhism
It can’t compete with other temples in town when it comes to history, but Wat Paphonphao wins points for being a visual spectacle that sits above the city centre, glowing golden all day long.