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“Interesting memorabilia”

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Owner description: Displays of the opulence of pre-Communist Laos.
Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Interesting memorabilia”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

A well laid out museum that would be able to follow without a guide. Try to get there early as you will then get some excellent photographs.

Visited February 2014
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Well worth visiting”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

A fascinating view of the Royal Palace which was last occupied in 1975, prior to the revolution. It's frozen in time with artifacts from the era and a sumptuous collection of Royal paraphernalia.

Visited February 2014
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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“Modest building yet stunning interiors and gives great insight into Lao royal heritage”
Reviewed March 1, 2014

Though the former royal palace is modest in scale and design, built by the French in the early 1900's, it has beautiful interior decoration, especially in the Throne Hall, with mirror mosaics on a red ground. Elsewhere the museum provides a fascinating insight into the former Lao monarchy, with modest bedrooms and diplomatic gifts from countries around the world. It becomes clear that the departure of the monarchy is relatively recent. The existence of the museum is a reflection of the intriguing state of Lao PDR with its communist government, which banished the monarchy yet has preserved their heritage so well. On the same point, the main street and the main river bridge are named after the king who reigned for much of the 20th century. The museum building is set back from the street, but the whole site, and indeed the centre of the old city, is now dominated by the recently built pavilion to house the revered Pha Bang Buddha, originally in the museum itself. This is a spectacular tall structure, beautifully decorated, with a small inner room housing the Buddha.

Visited February 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Go early”
Reviewed February 27, 2014

The museum only opens for short periods of time during the day so check before going. They do not allow you to take photos in the museum and you have to leave all your belongings and shoes outside in shelves.
The grounds are small but the Temple Haw Pha Bang within the grounds is stunning. This can also crowded . Visitors can not go in this temple now and can only look through the front door. This alos opens for short times. The temple is very photogenic with the sun shinning on the newly restored gold leaf.

Visited February 2014
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Codicote, United Kingdom
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“Stunning”
Reviewed February 25, 2014

Best museum ever seen and I am widely travelled. Not at all dry. Very interesting. Fabulous rooms with mosaics. The one down thing was that you could not take any photos or buy any books

Visited February 2014
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