Photo: The amazing turquoises of Wat Xieng Thong.

Wat Xieng Thong

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Luang Prabang has a whopping 34 UNESCO-protected temples to explore. If there’s one must see, it’s Wat Xieng Thong, considered the finest in all of Laos.

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Wat Xieng Thong, once known as “The Temple of the Golden City”, holds great cultural, historic and architectural importance. It is serenely situated near the tip of the peninsula at the confluence of two rivers, with a grand staircase leading up from the Mekong. For centuries it was considered the ceremonial gateway to the town, with visiting dignitaries and soon-to-be-crowned kings arriving via these steps. It was one of US President Obama's stops on a daytrip to Luang Prabang in September 2016.

It's the Luang Prabang temple you simply must see. Photo taken in or around Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang, Laos by Cindy Fan.

It's the Luang Prabang temple you simply must see. Photo: Cindy Fan

What will strike you upon entering the complex is how peaceful and elegant it is. The sacred structures are enjoyable and so is the generous space that surrounds them. Here you can stand back at a distance, finding shelter from the sun under pink bougainvillea or a Bodhi tree to admire the gilded facades, mosaic tiles and sweeping roofs that make this temple ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)

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