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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  • It was okay, very small and not a whole lot of information. It’s not too expensive though and is good to visits if you don’t have much else to do. I wouldn’t say to go out of your way to go here thoug...  more »
  • I’ve been all through this neck of the woods now. Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Nepal, India and now Laos. Their temples look to favor the same architecture as Thailand. More so than Cambodia. Very bea...  more »
  • Don't miss the display of cars. Compared with some UK stately homes, this King's Palace is modestly furnished and equipped, but very tasteful. Enjoyed our visit.  more »
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  • The National Museum is basically not more than a reflection of the gifts the King got, the rooms he and his family lived in and some clothes he was wearing. All is nicely arranged actually. However, if you miss it, no need to worry.
  • This is a review for the Lao traditional dance performance that happens a few times a week. It’s amazing! The dancers are fascinating, the music is excellent and the experience overall is great!
  • You can't take bags inside, they make you leave them in an insecure locker room. Not cool if you are a long term traveller and need to keep your valuables inc passport etc on you at all times. What's more they don't make this apparent until after you've bought a ticket, so this place is basically a scam
  • 30,000 kip entrance fee. You have to put all your bags, cameras and phones in the locker before you try to enter. It was cool to see the old living grounds of the king and queen. They had loads of artifacts with bits of historical content. Doesn't take more than an hour tops to get through the whole thing.
  • Palace and museum. Shows interesting art/jewelry pieces belonging to the royal family. There is enough information in English. However, no pictures allowed. Price 30000kip, a bit expensive for what you get.
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