Today we are taking you to one of the main attractions of Laos, the ancient temple of Wat Xieng Thong! This historical place is located in the historic center of Luang Prabang, in the northern part of the peninsula formed by the Mekong and Nam Khang rivers. Due to its splendor, the temple received other names – “Golden City” and “Golden Tree Monastery”. This place has become a favorite for most tourists – they are attracted by the unusually peaceful atmosphere that the temple is filled with, as well as its beautiful appearance and ancient history.
Wat Xieng Thong is one of the most beautiful and most revered Buddhist temples in Laos. The temple was built in 1560 by decree of King Settatirat until 1975 (the date of the abolition of the royal dynasty) the temple bore the title of a royal temple, it hosted the coronation ceremonies of the monarchs of Laos, and the remains of some Lao kings are buried here.
The temple is built in the style of classical Lao temple architecture, characterized by sloping roof slopes that descend almost to the ground. An old legend says that in ancient times, two hermits built a monastery next to a fire tree growing at the confluence of two rivers (later King Settatirat built the Sieng Thong temple on this place). The walls and doors of the temple are gilded and decorated with openwork carvings depicting scenes from the life of Buddha. In the interior, attention is drawn to the gilded ceiling with the wheels of dharma painted on it, carved columns, and wall paintings. Several stupas and sanctuaries are located around the temple.
Wat Xieng Thong is one of the most famous and most visited attractions in the city of Luang Prabang, thousands of tourists from all over the world come to see the Temple of the Golden City. What do you guys think about this temple?
📍 Location: Khem Khong, Luang Prabang, Laos
🏠 Address: https://goo.gl/maps/D68mM4gjx7dSwLMeA
🕒 Hours: 8AM-5PM
💲 Admission: 2 Dollars