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. Add Ho Pra Keo to your Vientiane travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Vientiane itinerary app .
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  • Most of the exhibits are interesting. There are some Khmer stones dating back to the 13th century. I appreciate that the museum must have a problem with funding, but felt that the exhibits in cases co...  more »
  • This is the hall created to house the Jade Buddha which is now in Bangkok. Depending on who's telling the tale this Buddha did belong to Laos and was taken by Thailand -or- it was "reclaimed" by Thail...  more »
  • Also beautiful from the outside than from the inside next to the Presidential Palace park small but very well maintained interior of the temple as a museum with relics and a space of prayers dedicated to Buddha
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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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