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“Unique piece of art.”

Golden City Temple (Wat Xieng Thong)
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Owner description: Laos' most enchanting temple was built in 1560.
Reviewed February 13, 2013

The main shrine with a gold painted carved wooden door frame facing east. The walls adorned with of stencil paintings of gold in a black back drop, while the ceiling contains beautiful motifs. It's roof is unique with the last level of the tiered roof almost tapering just over the ground. South wall has a unique tree of life created with coloured mosaics.
Even the smaller shrine on the south side has these mosaics which depict the lifestyle of the people of Luang Prabhang.

1  Thank indirakah
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

So well, there's beautiful mosaic, but that's all ! 20 000 Kips for 1 temple and a few mosaic I was a bit disappointed. The place is very small (3 building max). So Maybe it's because there was renovation when I was there, but still, I've been visiting many temple in Thailand and I can't rate more than 3 stars for this one.

Visited February 2013.

Thank jipso
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

One of the many interesting wats in this World Heritage city. I can't see why it's rated #1 by all the guides, unless they just copy each other? Definitely worth a visit if you're in LP, along with about 20 other wats

1  Thank Chris M
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

Having seen a lot of Wats in Thailand we were starting to suffer from Wattage overexposure. This temple was beautiful and refreshingly different as well as historically significant. A delight.

1  Thank Erik B
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

My wife and I are temple junkies: the more glitzy and ornate the buildings the more we like them. The bigger the golden Buddha statues the better. So we both loved Wat Xieng Thong, which is at the far end of the peninsula in Luang Prabang. You can walk there along the busy road that runs alongside the Mekong River or there's a much quieter walk beside the Nam Kang River. There are many beautiful buildings at Wat Xieng Thong: the biggest of the temples is currently undergoing extensive restoration, and we had an opportunity to watch a monk retouching some of the gold trim on the woodwork on the outside of the building, which felt like a bonus. The walls of the large temple, both inside and out, are covered in beautiful mosaics, all of which look as if they have been restored in the recent past. There was a very large golden buddha statue and literally dozens of medium-sized golden buddha statues dressed with orange cloth sashes across their shoulders in the large temple. My wife and I were in heaven (that's a Buddhist heaven!)

2  Thank Donald R
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