Luang Prabang Royal Palace and museum, formally Haw Kham, in Laos. The Royal Palace is now the National Museum of Luang Prabang. Opening hours, entrance fee to the Royal Palace in Luang Prabang and Haw Pha Bang temple

Luang Prabang Royal Palace and national museum

The Luang Prabang Royal Palace and national museum is a set of buildings in French colonial style, dating back to the year 1904. Today the Royal Palace has been converted into the National Museum of Luang Prabang. In the grounds of the Royal Palace of Luang Prabang, formally Haw Kham are the National Museum, the theatre and the eye-catching Temple Haw Pha Bang.



Information about the Royal Palace in Luang Prabang


The Royal Palace of Luang Prabang was built in the year 1904 by mandate of King Sisavang Vong along the banks of the Mekong River to replace the old palace, damaged by Chinese militia in 1887. At that then Laos was part of French Indochina, overpowering French very obvious in this building.

The Palacio Real de Luang Prabang, whose official name is Haw Kham and its literal translation is Golden Palace, is a clear French influence building built with brick and teak wood. The style of the Royal Palace of Luang Prabang is mixed French Beaux Arts architecture and traditional Laotian architecture (the) Presidential Palace in Vientiane (it is another example of the beaux arts in Laos architecture).

The main function of the Royal Palace of Luang Prabang was to be the home of the Royal family of Laos. It was in 1975 when the Communist Party of Laos took power and the monarchy was abolished by driving out the Real from the Palace of Luang Prabang family. The Royal Palace was closed until the year 1995 which opened its doors to the public reconverted at the National Museum of Luang Prabang, Museum that is still active today.

Royal Palace Luang Prabang - Laos
Royal Palace Luang Prabang - Laos


Visit the Royal Palace in Luang Prabang


The enclosure include the Royal Palace of Luang Prabang is composed of 3 buildings:
  • The Luang Prabang National Museum: the old Royal Palace in the city.
  • The Temple Haw Pha Bang: the showy and ornamental Temple located at the entrance to the grounds of the Royal Palace.
  • Theatre: today it is possible to attend dance shows and theatre performances.

The National Museum of Luang Prabang


In the interior of the Palace Royal of Luang Prabang, the converted National Museum, has been preserved intact since the year 1975, all the furniture and decoration of the National Museum are originating in the Royal Palace, this does not allow to witness the lifestyle of the Kings: impressive staircases of marble, art of incalculable value, collections of weapons, mural paintings depicting life in Laos in the last decades, jewelry, the Royal Crown and can even access the garage to see the car collection of the Lao King (mainly American cars from the 1950s to the 1970s).

Haw Kham - Royal Palace in Luang Prabang
Haw Kham - Royal Palace in Luang Prabang

Dress code and restrictions on access to the Royal Palace


The main building of the Royal Palace of Luang Prabang currently serves as the National Museum of Luang Prabang. In the interior of the Royal Palace / National Museum is forbidden to make photographs or videos, with backpacks or large bags are not allowed, and is required to remove your shoes (Note: socks are allowed).

To access the inside of the enclosure it is necessary pay input, shoes are and let any backpacks or bulky bag out. At the main entrance to the National Museum is at the disposal of visitors a free luggage storage service, where store shoes and backpacks (we recommend you not to let the cameras / video or any item of value in luggage, it is possible to access the inside of the enclosure with the camera but can not be used).

Women must dress with long skirt or trousers, in case of failure to comply with the dress code is necessary to resort to luggage, where it provided free Lao long skirts.


Haw Pha Bang temple


The building is striking from the grounds of the Royal Palace of Luang Prabang is the Temple Haw Pha Bang, also called Wat Ho Pha Bang and whose translation means Royal Temple. It is a modern Buddhist temple built in the year 2006 with a beautiful and elaborate decoration in the main façade. Although the temple Wat Ho Pha Bang may seem old, the construction of the temple Haw Pha Bang began in 1963 and was finally completed in 2006, the delay is due to the suspension of the works during the Communist period.

Haw Pha Bang - Royal Palace in Luang Prabang
Haw Pha Bang - Royal Palace in Luang Prabang

The Haw Pha Bang Temple was built to House the statue of the Buddha Phra Bang, the most sacred and revered Laos Buddha.

Phra Bang Buddha


It is a statue of 83 centimeters in height which has the honour of giving name to the city of Luang Prabang (Luang Prabang and Buddha Phra Bang). According to the legend the Phra Bang Buddha statue was built 2000 years ago in Sri Lanka, looted and stolen by the armies of the Kingdom of Siam, currently set out in a huge sanctuary inside the temple Wat Haw Pha Bang.

Haw Pha Bang Temple - Luang Prabang
Haw Pha Bang Temple - Luang Prabang

The Theatre of the Royal Palace of Luang Prabang


The gardens, fountains and building of the Theatre Royal are located opposite the temple Wat Haw Pha Bang. There are theatrical performances, and dance performances where the public can attend, upon acquisition of input. The entrance to the theatre shows real costs between 80,000 kip and 180,000 kip.

In the gardens on the way to the theatre is the statue of King Sisavang Vong, King who lived in the Royal Palace of Luang Prabang (in the city of Vientiane there is another statue of the King himself together with the) Wat Si Muang).

Statue of King Sisavang Vong - Haw Kham - Luang Prabang
Statue of King Sisavang Vong - Haw Kham - Luang Prabang


Opening hours and entrance fee to the Royal Palace in Luang Prabang


The Royal Palace of Luang Prabang from Vientiane is open daily during hours the morning from 8:00 up to the 11:30 and evenings from 13:30 until the 16:00.
Note: mentioned in some guidebooks to the Royal Palace of Luang Prabang closes Tuesday, however at the box office told us that yes they open Tuesday. This information is consistent with the informative poster of the opening hours of the Royal Palace of Luang Prabang / National Museum which is located at the entrance to Haw Kham..

National Museum of Luang Prabang in Laos
Opening of the National Museum of Luang Prabang


Access to the gardens and exterior of the Royal Palace of Luang Prabanga and the temple Haw Pha Bang is free. To access the interior of the Museum and the temple Haw Pha Bang should pay input. The price of the ticket are 30,000 kip (approx. € 3, see) Currency of Laos() and allows access to both inside the National Museum and the temple Haw Pha Bang.


Getting the Royal Palace of Luang Prabang


The Royal Palace of Luang Prabang (Haw Kham) is located in the historic centre of the town of Luang Prabang (former capital of Laos), no official address the best way is to go Sisavangvong Street, next to the Wat Mai Temple and climb stairs to the Wat Chom If hill.

Due to the unique location of the Royal Palace of Luang Prabang, in the center of the city, it is better walking. Transport alternative is to use a tuk-tuk, where the race to the Royal Palace of Luang Prabang will cost about 15,000 kip (approx. €1).




Video of the Royal Palace in Luang Prabang


This is a virtual tour of the Royal Palace of Luang Prabang (Haw Kham), outside of the National Museum of Luang Prabang, the temple Haw Pha Bang, the statue of the King and the Royal theatre.


Video of the Royal Palace in Luang Prabang - Laos


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