Wat Xieng Thong

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Wat Xieng Thong information

Location
Luang Prabang , Laos
Address
off Th Sakkarin
Prices
admission 20,000K
Opening hours
8am-5pm
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Luang Prabang's best-known monastery is centred on a 1560 sǐm . Its roofs sweep low to the ground and there's a stunning 'tree of life' mosaic set on its west exterior wall. Close by are several stupas and three compact little chapel halls called hŏr . Hŏr Ɖąi , shaped like a tall tomb, now houses a standing buddha. The Hŏr Ɖąi Pha Sai-nyàat , dubbed La Chapelle Rouge – Red Chapel – by the French, contains a rare reclining Buddha.

Fronted in lavish gilt work, the Hóhng Kép Mîen stores a ceremonial carriage, festooned with red-tongued naga (river snakes) designed to carry the golden funeral urns of the Lao royalty.