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Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong)

Luang Prabang, Laos
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
Description: Laos' most enchanting temple was built in 1560.
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Santa Barbara, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

This is an absolute beautiful wat. Go go go. It is not big so it does not take too long. Have a camera with you and enjoy the unique details including the Tree of Life.

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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

At the time I went there was lots of restoration work going on in the surrounding buildings. Very beautiful but felt a bit like a building site.

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Montreal, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The place is clean and charming. I love the food sold outside after spending sometime looking around.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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63 reviews 63 reviews
38 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Feel like you have done too many Wats & temples? - still do this one! Beautiful decoration of outside of buildings - mosaics and stencil work, calm atmosphere and lots of photo opportunities.

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We have been in Cambodia and Vietnam but it was the first time we saw such a beautiful temple like this! Highly recommend this temple when staying in Luang Prabang!

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I have been living in Chiang Mai for over a year so for me i have seen more than my fair share of temples. This one os beautiful in its own right but ive seen better. If like me you are templed out don't waste your time.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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51 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Make sure that you wear long pants or long skirts to the temple. If not, just pay 20,000 Laotian kips to rent a sarong at tye time you buy the entrance ticket. Just think that the money is donated to the temple for maintenance. The temple architecture is beautiful and area is very peaceful.

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Haifa, Israel
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

What can I say, in a trip of soooo many Wat's, it's hard to feel strongly about a specific one. This one however, does reflect a bit more presence than the others, and it's a whole area, and not just one temple. Out of all Wat's in LP, this one should be your top choice.

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malaysia
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

With its intricately carved walls and soaring, tiered roof, it is no wonder this temple is said to be the most beautiful in Laos. Its interiors walls are also painted in gold. Look out for the chapels outside which are adorned with glass mosaic.

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Hong Kong, China
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Make sure you cover your shoulder and legs if you are female. Or else, you will need to pay for the sarong at the entrance.

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