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Ho Pra Keo, Vientiane

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Architectural Building Religious Site
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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  • Hi Pra Keo is a very nice building and the grounds are well kept. I went there as part of a city tour and it helped having the history explained and also seeing some old photos of the place. It is eas...  more »
  • It is a long long and interesting history on Pra Keo famous Emerald Bhuddha of Laos and Thailand-now ended up in Wat Pra Keo Bangkok Whatever the history the place is beautiful calm dignified place to...  more »
  • Entrance fee applies and also dress code, however it is worth the visit for the temple is beautiful inside and the grounds are also nicely kept.  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.