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Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong)

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Laos' most enchanting temple was built in 1560.

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One of the most beautiful temples I've seen!

The design and architecture of the temple is so inspiring. I had to just stand and observe the intrriquet details. The grounds were also very well maintained. Such an awesome... read more

Reviewed 19 February 2016
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Reviewed 19 February 2016

The design and architecture of the temple is so inspiring. I had to just stand and observe the intrriquet details. The grounds were also very well maintained. Such an awesome place.

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Avignon, France
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Reviewed 18 February 2016

We visited hundreds of temples in asea, the smaller "golden" temple was one of the active highlights during our trip...

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Reviewed 17 February 2016 via mobile

Lovely tranquil grounds and beautiful old temple. Worth the small entrance fee to stroll around and enjoy the serenity.

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Chengdu, China
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Reviewed 16 February 2016

Wat Xieng Thong (or Temple of the Golden City) is a Buddhist temple in Laos. It is on the bank of Mekong River and one of the most beautiful and the most representative temples, and remains a significant monument to the spirit of traditional, religion, royalty and arts. There is a hall with a golden buddha statue. It is said... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

Very nice temple, one of the best in Luang Prabang, with beautiful ornate mosaics. Some parts are in need of refurbishment but overall the whole complex is lovely!

Thank lewis111
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 14 February 2016

As many temples and pagodas you might have been to, the motifs and paintings on the Wat Xieng Thong temple walls are beautiful and not found in most places. Highly recommend going here if you are in Luang Prabang

Thank Swetha B
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 12 February 2016

Beautiful temple complex by day or night. Japanese cut glass mirror mosaic murals twinkle in the sun. Deserted but well lit at night - don't miss it.

Thank Neil2008
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Reviewed 10 February 2016

There are only so many wats you can visit in SE Asia but if you're going to visit one in Luang Prabang this is a lovely option. It has the most amazing tiling outside and great paint detail. Some information about its history would have been appreciated to better understand what you're seeing.

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Reviewed 10 February 2016

A very interesting photogenic building compiex with many intricate carvings and artefacts. Certainly with visiting for an hour or two.

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Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed 9 February 2016

Located along the main street of Luang Prabang and its entrance fee is 20,000 kip if i remember well. It is a very peaceful place with a location close to the river and great to stroll around the grounds and in and out of the temples. Don't miss the stunning mosaic of a large Bodhi tree located on the exterior... More 

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