Photo: The beautiful grounds of the Royal Palace Museum.

Royal Palace Museum

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Also known as the Luang Prabang National Museum and Haw Kham (Golden Hall), the Royal Palace Museum dominates the main street, its grounds stretching all the way back to the Mekong riverfront. One can really appreciate the big picture from across the road, on the steps up to Mount Phou Si.

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Built at the turn of the century, the Royal Palace is now a museum. The palace was commissioned and designed by the French between 1904-1909, symbolically cementing the relationship between Laos and France. The building itself is a blend of French beaux arts and Lao architecture. Unlike the original wooden palace that faced the Mekong, the new palace faces Mount Phou Si, a pathway lined with palms regally leading up to the building’s entrance, the symbol of Lane Xang kingdom (three headed elephant under a parasol) adorning the gable.

Quite lovely. Photo taken in or around Royal Palace Museum, Luang Prabang, Laos by Cindy Fan.

Quite lovely. Photo: Cindy Fan

When the Lao People’s Democratic Party was established in 1975, thereby ending the monarchy, the palace was designated a museum. Rooms that once functioned as royal reception areas now form the main galleries and are filled with royal portraits and busts, interesting gifts from foreign states and artefacts. Continuing past the front galleries is the Throne Room, site of the Lao crown jewels and other items like the king’s throne shaped like an elephant saddle. Visitors will also see the royal residences. Outside in the garage are several classic cars that belonged to the last royal family, including a Citroen and Lincoln ... Travelfish members only (Around 500 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Royal Palace Museum
Sisavangvong Rd (entrance opposite Phou Si Hill), Luang Prabang
Mo–Sa 08:30–11:00, 13:30–16.00.
T: (071) 212 470 
Admission: 30,000kip

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