Royal Palace Museum Description:
The Royal Palace Museum is Luang Prabang’s main repository of cultural and royal artifacts.
Usually referred to as Haw Kham (The Golden Hall), The Royal Palace Museum was erected by the French between 1904 and 1909 for King Sisavang Vong and his family while Laos was under the protection of French Indochina. Forgoing the traditional Laotian building materials of teak and rosewoods, the palace is mostly a brick and mortar structure with accents derived from traditional Laotian designs.
The compound occupies the center of a spacious garden riddled with palm trees and decorative plants. Though the building is just over a century old, its displays reach much further into the annals of Laotian history. Visitors can admire excellent displays of weapons, statues, paintings, and personal items left by the royal family. The Throne Hall contains the country’s crown jewels, and the Haw Pha Bang royal chapel houses the country’s paramount Buddha image, believed to be over 2,000 years old, and seen as the guardian spirit of Laos.
Best Time to Visit Royal Palace Museum:
The cooler, dry season between November and May has the best sightseeing weather for exploring Laos. Higher temperatures arrive with the beginning of the rainy season in June and continue into October, but the rain showers that are common during this period provide a welcome relief from the heat.
How to get to Royal Palace Museum:
The Royal Palace Museum is located in the former royal capital of Luang Prabang in central Northern Laos. Our guests typically reach the compound along with their English speaking guide in a private vehicle after being picked up at their hotel.
Royal Palace Museum Highlights:
History, art, and cultural enthusiasts appreciate the Royal Palace Museum the most, but no luxury tour of Laos would be complete without the insightful look into recent and ancient history the museum provides its visitors.
The royal Palace Museum has a strict dress code requiring visitors to dress in clothing that covers shoulders to thighs. Areas within the compound may require you to remove your shoes before entering.