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Ho Pra Keo, Vientiane

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Admire centuries of ancient Buddhist statues at Ho Pra Keo, 16th-century temple that served as a private chapel for the Lao royal family. Originally built to house an Emerald Buddha figurine, the temple has undergone reconstruction several times--and the figurine is no longer there. Today, it functions as a museum, displaying many stone Buddha figures from the 6th to 9th century, as well as bronze Buddhas from later periods. Inspect the ornate carved wooden door from the original temple, as well as the gilded throne for the Emerald Buddha. Afterwards, relax in the temple garden in a quiet, peaceful atmosphere. With our world travel planner, Vientiane attractions like Ho Pra Keo can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Very beautiful monument that has been restored in 2016 and it does not go unnoticed! Contrary to what is stated in the guides, the site closes at 5 pm and the entrance is from 10000kip per person!
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  • A busy attraction at least when we were there. Interesting interior. The carvings outside were the highlights for us however.  more »
  • Only if you really like to see some -dirty- sculptures and ancients artefacts it is worth to go it. Two years ago, not all was open, still is.... outside looks nice, but there are better places.  more »
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  • Nicely restored, beautiful Temple with intricate artifacts inside. You not allowed to photograph inside but the trip and entrance fee is worth it anyway.
  • A nice and historic place.Has a entry fee for foreigners as 5,000 LAK.
  • This is a great example of a restored temple. Really photogenic on the outside and a display of Buddhas inside. The problem is the lack of labels that make it difficult to know and appreciate what you are looking at. Entry is 5,000 kip for foreigners. Photography is not allowed inside.
  • A small ancient temple which used to house Emerald buddha image.
  • This was a fun little find for us. Be sure to find the carved tree stumps that are under a tent near the back of the complex. Complex is currently under some restoration however.

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Pretty little Vientiane offers a good range of accommodations, with most either mid-range or upmarket hotels by national standards. Close to the riverfront sit the grandest of the bunch, with newly built high-rise hotels and boutiques set in old French colonial buildings. Move away from the water a little to find some standard, unassuming hotels, mixed in with a few more boutiques and high-rises overlooking the prettier plazas and along the main boulevards. For budget options, look at the guesthouses and hostels on the side streets around Rue Setthathilath, but make sure to reserve your room early to avoid disappointment.
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