Royal Palace Museum
Royal Palace Museum
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8:00 AM - 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Displays of the opulence of pre-Communist Laos.
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  • Alex H
    Port St. Mary, United Kingdom1,313 contributions
    Very nice place to visit
    Entry is 30,000 for foreigners, 5,000 for locals, and you need to make sure you bring clothing to cover your legs and knees, otherwise entry will be refused. There is a luxury car museum which was very nice to walk around, and the inside of the main museum is also worth a visit. Be aware of closing times as I think it shuts at 11:30am and reopens at 1:30pm.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 7, 2023
  • Mary H
    Long Ditton, United Kingdom16 contributions
    National peoples museum
    Well worth a visit. Make sure you are dressed modestly . If you take a rucksack , you will need to put it in the lockers and no photography in the museum. No info books to buy so read up about it before you go. Check the opening times.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 15, 2023
  • ljpere
    Auckland, New Zealand61 contributions
    Only if you have researched in advance
    A bit disappointed as you need to put your bag in a locker and no photography but this was not stated before buying the ticket. Grounds were ok and Royal palace is beautiful bit unable to enter. Good photo op but not worth too much time or entry fee. Also if going by bicycle you left through a different place than where you enter si please be aware.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 1, 2023
  • abbyradford12
    London, United Kingdom23 contributions
    Beautiful and interesting
    I really enjoyed my visit. The mosaic room is beautiful and holds the King's throne and and the royal crowns - which are all very interesting and stunning. There are some beautiful objects throughout the palace which help us understand Laos culture and history a bit more. The royal temple, Haw Pha Bang is stunning - such beautiful, intricate designs and decorations. Take a look at the theatre inside the grounds while there (next to the lockers), there may be a show you can go to later on. I booked some tickets for tomorrow night with a very friendly local. If you're into learning about the Laos history, art and culture, I highly recommend this place. Also, be prepared to wear the same clothes you'd wear if visiting any other temple in this region (which is standard and a sign of respect anyway).
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 15, 2023
  • Ana-Maria B
    Cluj-Napoca, Romania1,251 contributions
    Good visit if you know the rules
    This can be a good visit if you know what to expect. So get a shirt with sleeves (even short ones) and longer pants/skirt and you are set. Unfortunately, you can only take some photos outside. Everything must be dropped at the entrance (backpacks, cameras, etc). But it's still worth checking out as the interior of the palace is quite impressive and there are some interesting tidbits to discover. But then you'll have to go read some history on your own as they won't be telling you what happened to to royal family. Don't miss the car collection behind the museum too!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 9, 2023
  • Jennifer C
    Atlanta, Georgia46 contributions
    Do NOT miss!
    Do NOT listen to any negative reviews or you will miss this gem of a museum! Yes, you need to wear clothes that cover your shoulders and knees, big deal! And, yes you must remove your shoes and not take big bags inside but these same rules are in place to see any temples in SE Asia so it should not be such a burden. While I was disappointed about no interior photography the interior of the royal palace is impressive. The throne room and the murals alone are worth visiting for. I wished we had allotted more time for our visit. We did have a local guide show us around so that means we got more information than if you are on your own but there are placards with English information so you’ll still learn a lot.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 11, 2024
  • DotsGirl2
    Vancouver, Canada418 contributions
    The inside of this building is beautiful
    It was very interesting to walk through this building and be told it’s history . We did have a private guide and that always helps. The walls of the rooms are ornately decorated. It was quite busy as this is one of the main tourist sites in Luang Prabang. Note you must lock your purses or backpacks at the lockers which are housed in another building before being allowed into the museum.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 13, 2024
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TMOH8
Guildford, UK2,151 contributions
Jan 2020
Unfortunately we visited during Chinese Lunar New Year and so the Royal Palace was incredibly crowded, which does affect the experience.

That said, our guide made the visit informative and enjoyable and it is certainly well worth a visit for the stunning mosaic work on the walls alone.

I would recommend a visit.
Written January 28, 2020
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amandadudman
Luang Prabang, Laos21 contributions
Jan 2020
Plenty to see with the temple and palace building. Other outbuildings for cars too. Interesting and well presented. Walkable as it’s in the old town. The night market takes over outside. You have to leave bags in a locker in the old theatre building. Beware opening and closing times! You can buy tickets for the excellent dance/ballet taking place upstairs in the theatre too. Not to be missed.
Written January 26, 2020
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Patrick V
Manosque, France210 contributions
Nov 2019
Combined ticket for the museum and the haw Pha Bang temple. Check opening hours, they are very strict. After buying your ticket you need to store your bags in a locker room, which is located in the building from the royal ballet theatre. Don't miss the garage in the back of the premises. Shoes to be removed as in many places. Be very careful when the pavement is wet, it is extremely slippery.
Written February 8, 2020
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VickiMCO
London, England, United Kingdom16 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Saw the sign at the ticket booth and thought it was odd, why would I want to return my ticket? As another poster pointed out, it's because they wont let you into the MUSEUM unless you meet temple requirements, but they dont tell you that until after you buy the ticket. My friend wears orthapedic shoes that she can't walk without. Across south east asia, this hasnt been a problem as long as she wiped her feet.. Until now! They were also very rude about it. Additionally they make you leave everything (phone included) in a locker, then send you back to get your ticket to enter the museum itself (after you had to buy one to get into the compound anyway!?)
It isn't even particulalry interesting, just some old furniture and posters. Wouldn't recommend.
Written February 11, 2020
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Jo G
Guildford, UK251 contributions
Feb 2020
A few tips: Know that they won't let you in if they consider you improperly dressed. A man in shorts which stopped just above the knees had to wear my shawl as a skirt. Then when you come to enter the palace/museum building itself, they first make you take your shoes off then tell you that you need to leave your bags/rucksacks in a cloakroom at the entrance to the compound so then you have to put your shoes back on , walk back to the entrance to deposit your bags and try again.
Quite interesting to see how the last king lived.
Written March 6, 2020
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Alex H
Port St. Mary, UK1,313 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Entry is 30,000 for foreigners, 5,000 for locals, and you need to make sure you bring clothing to cover your legs and knees, otherwise entry will be refused. There is a luxury car museum which was very nice to walk around, and the inside of the main museum is also worth a visit. Be aware of closing times as I think it shuts at 11:30am and reopens at 1:30pm.
Written March 8, 2023
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milliesmum2016
Christchurch, New Zealand1,811 contributions
Jan 2020
Things to know; Dress appropriately, shoes off, no photos to be taken in the Palace.
I loved this Palace, which was vacated by the Royal Family in the relatively recent past. All their furniture and chattels appear to be still there. The palace itself, is lovely - light and airy with big shutters and windows to allow the breezes through. I could live there! The throne room is beautiful with the most beautiful lacquerwork and mosaic frescoes. SO tempting to sneak a photo. But just don't! You'd probably get chucked out.
There are all sorts of interesting things in the grounds, which are a bit scrappy really, these days. The garage houses the Kings cars, mostly American ones, including a jeep. There is one European car, a Citroen, I think it might have been, beloved of the chauffeurs apparently. And, very cute, photos of all the royal chaffeurs on the wall. There is also a small Wat which houses a VERY scared and important Buddha image, and the Royal Theatre which is offers performances regularly.
Just off the main drag, it's easy to find but closes for a lengthy lunch around 11am and re-opens at 1 or 2pm for the afternoon. So do check times before making your plans.
Written March 8, 2020
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Scott B
Sydney, Australia433 contributions
Apr 2020
Here is the palace of the king. Toppled in 1975, he died in prison. The stewards here were not sure what they were hoping to achieve. You were strictly forbidden from taking photos. The nomenclature used throughout (both written and spoken) is what we now readily parody. It's like the doublespeak used by former communist nations. It is still evidently in wide use here.

I don't wish to mock the poor English interpretative signage throughout the museum (let's be honest my ability to read and write Laotion was not exactly helping) but when it was combined with such phrases as"revolutionary duty", "historical necessity" and "supremacy of the working class" it was hard to hold back a giggle. While it didn't actually feature phrases such as "imperial running dog" and "fascist scum" you could certainly see them from there.

I'm pleased I went. Students of history will love it, for a variety of reasons.
Written August 7, 2020
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R_TheReader
Rio de Janeiro, RJ522 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
The National Museum, former Royal Palace, was of course the residence of the kings, and the visit allows you to go through the rooms decorated with mementos ranging from intimate (original furniture and portraits) and luxurious (regalia) to the prosaic (gifts received by the king). An additional visit can be made to a garage with some old cars. For me the best part was to read the dozen of posters that tell the story of a laotian prince who is recognized as an incarnation of the Buddha; they are located in the hall that surrounds the internal rooms.

The jewel of this site is the Haw Pha Bang pavilion, a beautiful and impressive building that you may have seen from the night market. It houses the main treasure of the city, the Prabang, a Buddha statue that gave the town its current name.

The Haw Pha Bang more than justifies the visit. The palace itself Is not breathtaking.
Written February 5, 2020
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Sasha M
Sydney, Australia389 contributions
Apr 2023
Like most places you need to wear suitable clothes that cover knees … but also … Be ready to leave you camera and any other bags in lockers including your mobile phone… I had a small cross body bag (approx 20cm x15cm) or you aren’t allowed into the buildings. They don’t tell you this before you pay. While it is a relatively small fee … 30,000 Kip (approx $3Aus) it was disappointing … lockers are free and you get to padlock your locker and hold onto the key but I was not prepared to leave behind a new phone, all my cash and passport, let alone an expensive camera and lens. So we walked around the buildings and left …
Written April 7, 2023
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