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“Interesting enough” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Royal Palace Museum

Royal Palace Museum
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Private Luang Prabang City Day Tour
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Owner description: Displays of the opulence of pre-Communist Laos.
Dublin, Ireland
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“Interesting enough”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2013

Leave your shoes and bags (in locker) at the door and don't take photos. The museum is interesting, but slightly mysterious if you don't read Laotian or English.

It's amusing to see the gifts of foreign countries. In terms of quality, the French and Chinese win, I think, but those of the US and Canada are hopeless - but then, of course, the US made Laos the most bombed country in history during the Vietnam war - and unexploded bombs are still turning-up. ( Per Wiki - "It has been reported that Laos was hit by an average of one B‑52 bombload every eight minutes, 24 hours a day, between 1964 and 1973. U.S. bombers dropped more ordnance on Laos in this period than was dropped during the whole of the World War II. Of the 260 million bombs that rained down, particularly on Xiangkhouang Province on the Plain of Jars, some 80 million failed to explode, leaving a deadly legacy. Laos is the most heavily bombed country, per capita, in the world. )


So, worth seeing, but for Americans a little humility might be in order.

Visited February 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“To do !”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

Nice museum. Visit it with your guide and let him explain all things about his history. Count about 1 hour to visit the museum inside and outside

Visited February 2013
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Dorset
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“spacious rooms, limited displays”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

One has to remove shoes to enter, and leave bags behind (no photos) Lots of glitz, but no labelling so a guide is essential to understand what is behind the artifacts.. Some guides are better than others. Others tell you what they think you want to hear. Exquisite embroidered royal clothes of the last of the family before they were taken and lost in the north.
Worth a browse and a sketch book

Visited February 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Ok but other things are worth visiting more than this place”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

Other than the Prabang Buddha, ther is not much else to commend a visit to this museum. The gifts from other countries including moon rocks from Nixon were somewhat interesting. Being from Canada it was disappointing to see our gift to the Laotian royalty consisted of a cheesy plate. One room in red is worth the visit but the rest you can breeze through

Visited February 2013
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Edmonton
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“Not very opulent”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2013

The walk through the museum was interesting but not exciting. It was interesting to see how Royalty lived there not very many years ago.

Visited January 2013
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