Haw Pha Kaeo Temple, also called Ho Phra Keo, Ho Phrakeo and Haw Phra Kaew, Vientiane is a temple dating back to 1565. Haw Pha Kaeo was the temple where the Emerald Buddha was saved.

Haw Pha Kaeo Temple in Vientiane

Temple Haw Pha Kaeo is an ancient temple of the city of Vientiane, built in the year 1565 by the King Saysetthathirath whose purpose was to house the Emerald Buddha, which is currently in the Grand Palace in Bangkok (Thailand).
The Haw Pha Kaeo Temple, also called Ho Phra Keo, Ho Phakeo and Haw Phra Kaew, is one of the most beautiful and colorful from all Vientiane, apart from an important Museum.



Information about Haw Pha Kaeo Temple


The Ho Phakeo Temple is one of the oldest temples of the Laotian capital, built in 1565 by mandate of King Setthathirath, unlike other temples Haw Pha Kaeo not monks lived, but it was a real temple whose purpose was to accommodate the famous Emerald Buddha.

The Emerald Buddha is a relic carved in jade, not on esmeralda, the footballer King Setthathirath of Laos brought from Chiang Mai. In the year 1178 the Kingdom of Siam invaded Laos and Vientiane, the capital, was looted. The Haw Pha Kaeo Temple was completely destroyed and the stolen Emerald Buddha (currently the Emerald Buddha is exposed in the) Grand Palace in Bangkok(, Thailand). The King of Thailand gave an exact replica of the Emerald Buddha, which was looted during the occupation of Siam to Laos.


Ho Phra Keo Temple in Vientiane
Ho Phra Keo Temple in Vientiane

Haw Pha Kaeo Reconstruction


The Ho Phakeo Temple was rebuilt in the 19th century by the King Annouvong, but nevertheless when Laos was revealed against Thailand the Haw Pha Kaeo Temple was destroyed for the second time in 1828.

We must remember that Laos was part of French indochina and precisely were the French, who rebuilt the Ho Phra Keo temple for the third time in Bangkok-rococo style, during the years 1936 to 1942, under the supervision of the Prince Souvanna Phouma, who would later become Prime Minister of Laos.

Haw Phra Kaew Temple - Vientiane (Laos)
Haw Phra Kaew Temple - Vientiane (Laos)


Visit the museum and Haw Pha Kaeo Temple


The Haw Pha Kaeo is not only the temple but the entire area where Haw Pha Kaeo is can be visited. The most striking and beautiful are the gardens outside.

Gardens Wat Ho Phra Keo - Vientiane - Laos
Gardens Wat Ho Phra Keo - Vientiane - Laos


Dress code Haw Pha Kaeo Temple


To visit the Haw Pha Kaeo Temple it is necessary to follow a dress code, for example women must cover the legs already is wearing a long skirt or pants. For those women who do not follow this rule, you can rent a long skirt Laotian free at the main entrance of the enclosure Ho Phakeo.


Ho Temple Architecture Phakeo


Without a doubt the biggest attraction of Haw Pha Kaeo is its architecture of so-called Bangkok-rococo style, which although it is not true to the original temple design, is worthy of admiration.
The vast majority of visitors crowd in the main staircase to the temple to make their photos, however simply surround the temple Ho Phakeo to enjoy on the back of an identical view of Ho Phakeo but not people.

Wat Ho Phra Keo in Vientiane
Wat Ho Phra Keo in Vientiane


Estátuas Haw Pha Kaeo Temple


The arcades of the Haw Pha Kaeo Temple are adorned with statues of Buddha and other religious reasons made in bronze.

Ho Phra Keo - Vientiane
Ho Phra Keo - Vientiane

The work carried out on wood which can be seen both in the walls, columns and ceilings of Wat Haw Pha Kaeo is impressive.

Haw Pha Kaeo (Vientiane, Laos)
Haw Pha Kaeo

Interior Haw Pha Kaeo Temple


In the interior of the temple Haw Pha Kaeo have a small Museum / exhibition and a souvenir shop. Inside is a bit spartan and lacking in details and motifs, which contrasts with the exterior of this monument of Vientiane.

Interior Ho Phra Keo Temple
Interior Ho Phra Keo Temple


Opening hours and admission price to Haw Pha Kaeo


The temple and Haw Pha Kaeo Museum is Open every day of the week in hours of from 8:00 up to the 12:00 and evenings of from 13:00 until the 16:00.
The price of the ticket are 5,000 kip (approx. €0.5, see) Currency of Laos).

Ho Phra Keo Opening Hours
Ho Phra Keo Opening Hours

How to reach the temple Haw Pha Kaeo


The Haw Pha Kaeo Temple is located in the center of Vientiane ( Laos) to the Sisaket temple, a few meters from the Lang Xang Avenue in the Street Hospital109.



Video Haw Pha Kaeo Temple


Nothing better than a video to admire the architecture and gardens of the temple Haw Pha Kaeo.


Museum and Haw Pha Kaeo Temple - Vientiane - Laos


Related Haw Pha Kaeo temple

  • Sisaket temple Thai-style temple that is in front of Haw Pha Keo
  • patuxai the Victory Gate of Vientiane, near Sisaket temple on Avenue Lang Xang
  • Pha That Luang the great golden Pha That Luang stupa, the symbol of Vientiane
  • That Dam Stupa Black Stupa in Vientiane, monument dating from the times of Siam
  • Ayutthaya Ayutthaya Historical Park, former capital of Thailand Haw Pha Kaeo sacked