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. Make Royal Palace Museum a centerpiece of your Luang Prabang vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Luang Prabang itinerary planner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Visiting the Palace Museum admission price 30,000 kip entrance 1 to the Palace to bring the entire baggage deposit lockers can not bring it around during the visit in the Palace. Inside the Palace, very beautiful. Photography prohibited.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Very nice visit with a guide to understand the history of this country and its religions
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  • August 16, 2017
    Once Luang Prabang was the capital of the Lao Kingdom, then there's something real: for a European is a small thing, but it's worth visiting
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  • June 1, 2017
    Very interesting museum but they restrict access of bags, photography not allowed which is disappointing and to make things worst I paid at the ticket ticket an entrance fee of 30000 kip but I did not realised that they gave me a ticket with a hole-punched already ! Very sneaky ! I nearly was not allowed at the gallery because they said it already used! I was getting very annoyed and told them I did just pay for it . They only let me in because I made a fuss. When I left I wanted to complain at the ticket office and it was closed. So PLEASE check your tickets before getting away!
  • February 9, 2017
    Much prefer the local Wats, but it is interesting change of pace. Be sure to wear clothes covering knees and shoulders, both men and women. Also... maybe socks? Taking off your shoes you have quite a way to walk on hot hot hot stone to enter the temple. To enter the palace is a but funny, enter to the left, take off shoes, then leave your valuables in a locker (they give you a key). Absolutely no photography inside the palace.
  • June 30, 2017
    A nice palace converted to public museum after the government overthrown the Royals. The place itself need some maintenance especially the floor parquet and lighting option for displaying items. The ladies in some rooms are a bit unfriendly.
  • May 17, 2017
    Well not so much to see, for 30.000 kip you get little bit of information and almost nothing about history of lao. Also entry, fee and lockers are really confusing... No photography and backpacks inside, why? There are much better places to spend time on.
  • March 24, 2017
    The palace is in the center of town by the night markets. You can go within the gated property and get a few snaps without paying to go into the palace like we did. It's a decorative building with interesting architecture.

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