Royal Palace National Museum, Luang Prabang

Royal Palace National Museum, Luang Prabang (must see)

The Royal Palace was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family. The site for the palace was chosen so that official visitors to Luang Prabang could disembark from their river voyages directly below the palace and be received there. In 1975, the palace was converted into a national museum.

The architecture of the building has a mixed of traditional Lao motifs and French Beaux Arts styles, and has been laid out in a double-cruciform shape with the entrance on one side of the lower crossbar. Above the entrance is a three-headed elephant sheltered by the sacred white parasol, the symbol of the Lao monarchy. On the right of the entrance is the King's reception room, where busts of the Lao monarchy are displayed along with two large gilded and lacquered Ramayana screens, crafted by the local artisan Thit Tanh. On the left of the entrance hall, the secretary's reception room is filled with paintings, silver and china that have been presented to Laos as diplomatic gifts.

The throne room contains the Crown Jewels of Laos.

Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 8 am-11:30 am/ 1:30 pm- 4 pm; Thursday: 8 am-11:30 am/ 1:30 pm- 3:30 pm.

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Royal Palace National Museum on Map

Sight Name: Royal Palace National Museum
Sight Location: Luang Prabang, Laos
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk  

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