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Wat Xieng Thong


Wat Xieng Thong



Wat Xieng Thong


  • Wat Xieng Thong, also known as Volavihan, the “Golden Tree Monastery or Golden City” or Xieng Thong Ratsavoravihanh, is the most impressive and historically significant of Luang Prabang's numerous wats. The sweeping double-tiered roof as well as the rich exterior and interior embellishment of its sim generate an extraordinary beautiful instance of the usual Luang Prabang elegance. Different sanctuaries as well as other constructions make the whole monastery compound an architectural jewel.



Wat Xieng Thong



Wat Xieng Thong


  • Xieng Thong is located on an embankment over the Mekong and served as the doorway to the city. Tourists from Siam, would complete their voyage at Ban Xieng Mene and be transported across to the town at the monastery’s river entry. This was also the entry place for the designated king on the occasion of his enthronement after his 3 days of meditation and prayer at Wat Long Khun. It used to be the venue of coronation of Laotian kings as well as the center of several annual celebrations honouring different folk spirits the Buddha.



Wat Xieng Thong