Royal Palace Museum, Luang Prabang

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Explore a French colonial-era structure turned into a national museum at Royal Palace Museum. Built in 1904 for King Sisavang Vong, the palace served as a residence for the royal family until the overthrow of monarchy by communists. The structure contains a mix of traditional Lao motifs and the French Beaux Arts architectural elements. As you pass the entrance made of Italian marble, notice the variety of religious objects, paintings, and other diplomatic gifts decorating the palace's lavish halls. Besides the main building, you can also examine several buildings on the palace grounds, including the conference hall, kitchen, staff headquarters, and a lotus pond. Before you head to Luang Prabang, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Luang Prabang online trip maker, to make sure you see all that Luang Prabang has to offer, including Royal Palace Museum.
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  • You are at "Haw Kham" (literally, the "Golden Palace" in English), the former "Royal Palace" of the Kingdom of Laos. It was built around 1904, blending characteristics of Lao traditional motifs with.....  more »
  • it is part odf the history buildings are nice Make sure you are dressed appropriately - shoulders, knees etc should be covered - as usual and expected in regions with Buddhism  more »
  • Here is the palace of the king. Toppled in 1975, he died in prison. The stewards here were not sure what they were hoping to achieve. You were strictly forbidden from taking photos. The nomenclature.....  more »
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  • The palace/museum is small and limited on information. It's quite beautiful in places and has some interesting articles to look at but I was done in about 30 minutes. There are free lockers to leave bags and cameras in which you're not allowed to take into the palace itself. It felt secure. The grounds are nice but limited shade on hot days. 30,000 kip entry cost. Overall if you're nearby and have the time take a look but don't worry about missing it if you have a packed schedule.
  • Interesting place, modest palace by many comparisons, but though. Taking photos is not allowed, unclear why? There are also presented cars of the last king, cars are partly in need-for-restoration state, as are some buildings in the complex. Hope, those works will be taken in coming years.
  • Strange opening hours, not sure why though. Small palace for a king but the mosaic interior wall in some rooms are quite special. Limited information inside the museum. Visit only if time permits. After buying tickets, go directly to the locker room to store your bags to avoid a detour to the locker room later under the hot sun.
  • Palace of the former king. Once a beautiful and well maintained place now in need of upkeep and restoration. The interior is simple without much pomp except the areas in which official business was conducted.
  • A small palace and museum. It's pretty but not overwhelming. There's an entrance fee, you should be dressed properly and you are not allowed to take pictures inside.

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