Wat Xiengthong
Wat Xiengthong
4.5
Architectural BuildingsReligious Sites
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Laos' most enchanting temple was built in 1560.
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  • Alex H
    Port St. Mary, United Kingdom1,319 contributions
    A beautiful temple
    Entry to this temple is cheap and you can spend a good half an hour or so here walking round and looking at the different buildings. There are some items to see inside some of the rooms and the main temple itself is very pretty. Great for photos too.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 March 2023
  • ljpere
    Auckland, New Zealand61 contributions
    So beautiful!
    This place is so beautiful you can't miss it. It was not that busy when we visited this afternoon and we were lucky that we got to enjoy this almost deserted. This place is so beautiful and interesting it should be added to your to do list when visiting Luang prabang. Only 20,000 kip entry fee per person . Highly recommend
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 April 2023
  • seng d
    42 contributions
    Temple
    Wat Xieng Thong is a stunning example of Laotian architecture and artistry. The temple is located in the heart of Luang Prabang, and it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Wat Xieng Thong was built in the 16th century, and it is one of the oldest and most important temples in Laos. The temple is known for its intricate carvings, which depict Buddhist scenes and stories. The main hall of the temple is home to a large golden Buddha statue. The statue is covered in gold leaf, and it is surrounded by a large lotus pond. Wat Xieng Thong is a must-see for anyone visiting Luang Prabang. The temple is a beautiful and inspiring example of Laotian culture and history.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 September 2023
  • Patrick G
    Marina del Rey, California10 contributions
    Ornate and mystical
    Always impressed with the Buddhist temples in Thailand and Laos, and certainly this one does not disappoint. Some great photo ops inside. Skip the Royal "Palace" and come here instead if time is short.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 November 2023
  • Ana-Maria B
    Cluj-Napoca, Romania1,251 contributions
    Beautiful site
    This is a very beautiful complex. There is a lot of art and culture to enjoy and the visit was overall quite and pleasant, in spite of the number of tourists. The entrance fee is a pittance. Just make sure your knees and shoulders are covered and also remove your shoes before entering any of the buildings.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 December 2023
  • Raintree_Thailand
    Bangkok, Thailand3,814 contributions
    Iconic temple of northern Laos!
    If you're going to visit a dozen temples in Luang Prabang, or just one, Xiengthong has to be on your list. The graceful design and elegance of Xiengthong make it the iconic wat in all of northern Laos. Best visited in the early morning and ahead of the crowds.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 February 2024
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DotsGirl2
Vancouver, Canada433 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
This was one of our favourite places in Luang Prabang. The buildings are beautiful and the tree of life mosaic is impressive. Be prepared it will probably be crowded
Written 13 February 2024
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand3,814 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
If you're going to visit a dozen temples in Luang Prabang, or just one, Xiengthong has to be on your list. The graceful design and elegance of Xiengthong make it the iconic wat in all of northern Laos. Best visited in the early morning and ahead of the crowds.
Written 5 February 2024
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Mendy
Paris, France4 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
This is very beautiful temple. A lot act and cuture to see and the visit was overall quiet and pleasant. Must see if you come to Luang Prabang
Written 28 January 2024
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Pinprawat N
Thailand3 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
This is a great Wat to visit. Located in town near Phou Si mountain. Most tourists visit Luang Prabang to experience the culture and tranquil atmosphere.
Written 20 January 2024
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Lia Linda
San Jose, CA2 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
This is one of destination in Luang Prabang you have to see, It is beautiful, historical and Laos people is so friendly and nice.
Written 10 January 2024
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Premas3900
Hanoi2 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
This is the oldest and nicest pagoda in Laos in general and Luangprabang in particular . A must go place for all travelers when visiting here. Highly recommended!
Written 5 January 2024
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ianwyj
Singapore5,201 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Compared to the pace of life in neighbouring Thailand or Vietnam, Luang Prabang is a rather laid back sort of place. And that seems to apply to its temple scene as well. Nevertheless, if there's at least one temple complex worth visiting in Luang Prabang, Wat (or Vat as it's sometimes spelled) Xienthong would be it. Translated roughly as 'Temple of the Golden City', it's not large by any means, and can be easily covered in less than an hour. There was a small fee to enter the complex purchased from a ticket attendant near the entrance. The main temple hall is designed in a typical Laotian style that have steeply sloping roofs that point upwards in the form of narrow almost-finger like structures. The outside of the main temple was covered in gold-like designs of religious figures and geometric shapes, giving it a majestic feel. We visited in the early afternoon when it was hot and very bright outside, and needed some time to adapt to the darker ambience within. Pride of place was taken by a central 4-metre tall statue of the Buddha. Pillars and inner walls were similarly covered by the gold-like designs that adorned the outer walls. Within adjacent buildings were filled with more Buddha statues as well as an interesting ceremonial sled.
Written 25 December 2023
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Ana-Maria B
Cluj-Napoca, Romania1,251 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
This is a very beautiful complex. There is a lot of art and culture to enjoy and the visit was overall quite and pleasant, in spite of the number of tourists.
The entrance fee is a pittance. Just make sure your knees and shoulders are covered and also remove your shoes before entering any of the buildings.
Written 9 December 2023
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Patrick G
Marina del Rey, CA10 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Always impressed with the Buddhist temples in Thailand and Laos, and certainly this one does not disappoint. Some great photo ops inside. Skip the Royal "Palace" and come here instead if time is short.
Written 25 November 2023
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GaryandLesleyTravel
Auckland Central, New Zealand5,286 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Wat Xieng Thong pagoda, an incredible relic of times gone by originally built in the 16th century with restoration work having been carried out in 1928 & again in the 1950’s, it is the oldest of the Pagoda in Luang Prabang and provides a great step back in time.
Entrance to the Pagoda 20,000 kip, respectful dress required to enter, in the Pagoda shoes off, hats off and peaceful silence is requested.
Written 31 July 2023
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