The temple Wat Xieng Thong Luang Prabang, Laos. Wat temple called the Golden City mosaic where the tree of life is. Information, map, opening hours and entrance fee to Wat Xieng Thong

Wat Xieng Thong

The best example of the beauty of the Buddhist architecture of Luang Prabang is the Wat Xieng Thong Temple. This Wat Xieng Thong Temple, built in the year 1560 and whose literal translation means Temple of the Golden City, is a masterpiece decorated with mosaics and carvings in wood that Nam Khan rises next to the Mekong River and the River in the historic centre of the city of Luang Prabang (Laos).



Information about Wat Xieng Thong


The city of Luang Prabang Wat Xieng Thong Temple is also known by the names of Wat Xieng Thong Ratsavoravihanh, Golden City Temple, the Golden tree Temple and Volavihan Temple.

Wat Xieng Thong is a small temple built in the year 1560 by mandate of King Setthathirath along the banks of the Mekong River and the Nam Khan River passing through the city of Luang Prabang, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Laos. Wat Xieng Thong set is composed of more than 20 structures which include chapels, churches, ordination halls and stupas.

Wat Xieng Thong
Wat Xieng Thong

Wat Xieng Thong was used from its origins as a Royal Temple where are they crowned the Kings of Laos and also as monastery. The temple is known as the gate of the city as the official Royal departed and arrived at this place. After the fall of the monarchy in Laos at the hands of the party communist Pathet Lao in 1975, Temple Wat Xieng Thong was used as a Royal Temple.

The temple has been destroyed and rebuilt on several occasions, then it should be noted that Wat Xieng Thong was little that sobrevio to the Chinese looters of the black flag in 1887.
Wat Xieng Thong major remodeling took place in the year 1960, trying to preserve its original essence, the roofs were repaired, painted carvings were restored, was awarded a golden color bath and mosaics were added.

Wat Xieng Thong Ratsavoravihanh
Wat Xieng Thong Ratsavoravihanh

Decorated with mosaics of incalculable value, ornamented with carvings in wood only in Buddhism and rare treasures as a funeral carriage of 12 meters, the temple Wat Xieng Thong is one of the stars of the city of Luang Prabang.


The Tree of Life


The most valuable and well known legacy of the temple Wat Xieng Thong is a mosaic in a tree called the tree of life, representing the legend of construction of the temple Wat Xieng Thong.
The tree of life mosaic is made of glass of Red, work of a master craftsman Lao in the year 1960, posted on the back of the main temple wall of Wat Xieng Thong.

Volavihan Temple - Luang Prabang
Mosaic Tree of Life - Wat Xieng Thong

Legend of how the tree of life mosaic has built the temple Wat Xieng Thong, whose legend has it that 2 hermits decided to create the temple next to a tree of fire on the banks of the river.

Temple of the golden city
Temple of the golden city


The funeral carriage


One of unique relics that keeps the temple Wat Xieng Thong is a funeral carriage, the carriage is located in a building decorated with teak wood carvings painted in golden color of exquisite detail, these wood carvings depicting scenes from the book Holy Ramayana.

Decoration in lacquered wood - Wat Xieng Thong
Decoration in lacquered wood - Wat Xieng Thong

The funeral carriage once toured the streets of the city of Luang Prabang, carrying the mortal remains of the last Kings of Laos. It impresses the detail of the float with the 7-headed serpent.

Carriage of cremation - Wat Xieng Thong
Carriage cremation - Wat Xieng Thong

This carriage, whose name is Royal cremation chariot, carries an urn containing the remains of the last Kings of Laos.

Royal cremation chariot - Luang Prabang
Royal cremation chariot - Luang Prabang

The chariot of cremation occupies the entire space, leaving only a small hole next to the walls occupied by statues of Buddha. The walls are decorated with mosaics representing everyday scenes of life in Laos.

Sculptures inside Wat Xieng Thong
Sculptures inside Wat Xieng Thong


The ordination hall of Wat Xieng Thong


The most important building of all who make up Wat Xieng Thong is the ordination Hall, main building decorated in wood and whose rear façade is the tree of life.

Wat Xieng Thong - Luang Prabang
Wat Xieng Thong - Luang Prabang

The most impressive of the ordination Hall are roofs on three levels that descend almost to touch the ground, with the rising of the Sun, Golden wood carvings show all its brilliance and splendor, a very nice contrast dark wood with carved gilded counterpart of the mosaics in blue base glass.

Wat Xieng Thong - Laos
Wat Xieng Thong - Laos

Inside the ordination hall where kings were crowned until 1975, there is a small altar.

Inside the temple Wat Xieng Thong
Inside the temple Wat Xieng Thong


The Red Hood


One of the largest structures near the main temple is known by French historians such as La Chapelle Rouge, i.e. the Red Chapel. Inside is a bronze sculpture of reclining Buddha believed dates back to the origins of the temple Wat Xieng Thong.

Mosaic on the facade of the red temple shrine Wat Xieng Thong
Mosaic on the facade of the red temple shrine Wat Xieng Thong

The Tripitaka Seller


He was built in 1828 the Tripitaka library which is to host the sacred Tripitaka Scriptures, this building is closed and is not possible to access to its interior.

Seated Buddha Pavilion


This small canopy supported by 4 columns double roof called the Pavilion of the seated Buddha located in the gardens of the temple Wat Xieng Thong.

Temple Gardens Wat Xieng Thong
Pavilion seated Buddha - Wat Xieng Thong

Patio and gardens of Wat Xieng Thong


In the courtyard of the temple Wat Xieng Thong highlight is the drum tower, pavilion sitting Buddha and stupas which decorate the place.

Wat Xieng Thong - Luang Prabang - Laos
Wat Xieng Thong - Luang Prabang - Laos

Next to the flag of the sitting Buddha stupas there are 2, one of these stupas is beautifully decorated with blue mosaic crystals.

Stupas in the courtyard of Wat Xieng Thong
Stupas in the courtyard of Wat Xieng Thong



How to get to the temple Wat Xieng Thong


The temple Wat Xieng Thong Nam Khan is located at the end of the historic city of Luang Prabang, Laos, in the Khem Khong Street, opposite the Mekong River and very close to the river.

In this area of the city of Luang Prabang, there are no buses, therefore to visit Temple Wat Xieng Thong alternatives are walking from the Royal Palace, or use a tuk-tuk, where the race to the Wat Xieng Thong Temple will cost about 20,000 kip (approx. €2).



Entrance fee and opening hours of Wat Xieng Thong


The price of the entrance to Wat Xieng Thong are 20,000 kip (approx. €2, see) Currency of Laos(), ticket purchased at the makeshift box office in the form of plastic at the main entrance of Wat Xieng Thong, nothing more to climb the stairs to the temple.

Box Office temple Wat Xieng Thong
Box Office temple Wat Xieng Thong

The opening hours of Wat Xieng Thong is < b itemprop = "openingHoursSpecification" //schema itemtype = "http://schema.org/OpeningHoursSpecification" > from 8:00 until 17:30 uninterrupted .

Dress code of Wat Xieng Thong


To visit the Wat Xieng Thong Temple it is necessary to follow a dress code, for example women must cover the legs with a long skirt or pants. For those who do not meet this standard, they can rent a Laotian long skirt by 5000 kip at the box office of Wat Xieng Thong.

Entrance ticket to the temple Wat Xieng Thong
Entrance ticket to the temple Wat Xieng Thong


Video Wat Xieng Thong temple


This is a video of the temple Wat Xieng Thong, one of the jewels of the city of Luang Prabang.


Video Wat Xieng Thong - Luang Prabang - Laos


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