Wat Xieng Thong is one of Luang Prabang's most important Buddhist monasteries.
Built in 1559 by King Setthathirath, Wat Xieng Thong served the royal families of Laos for centuries as their main temple. Visiting dignitaries from other nations would often enter Luang Prabang for the first time via the compound's river entrance. The temple's ordination hall was where the Kings of Laos held their coronations and subsequent feasts.
Extensive renovations to the compound in the 1960s resulted in the addition of a drum tower to the compound. The other buildings inside the monastery were repaired and gilded carvings were added to the exteriors of several of the more important buildings including the central ordination hall. On the back of the ordination hall, a stunning mosaic depicts a legendary 'tree of life' said to exist at the founding of the city. Many of the other 20 buildings inside the compound feature tile mosaics of daily life on their exterior walls.
The weather in Laos is generally the best between November and May during the country's cooler dry season. Higher temperatures come in with June, and continue into October along with higher chances of rain.
Wat Xieng Thong is located near the convergence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers. Guests on our Laos tours typically arrive to the temple in a private vehicle along with their guide while exploring the city of Luang Prabang.
The charms of this beautiful temple in Luang Prabang are readily apparent. The beautiful mosaics, gilded carvings, and reverent atmosphere of Wat Xieng Thong should not be missed while enjoying a luxury tour of Laos.
Appropriate Attire :
Laotian culture requires travelers visiting Buddhist temples and monasteries to dress in modest clothing that covers at least their shoulders and thighs while on holy ground. Some areas within the Wat Xieng Thong compound will also require you to remove your shoes before entering.