Royal Palace Museum, Luang Prabang

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Explore a French colonial-era structure turned into a national museum at Royal Palace Museum. Built in 1904 for King Sisavang Vong, the palace served as a residence for the royal family until the overthrow of monarchy by communists. The structure contains a mix of traditional Lao motifs and the French Beaux Arts architectural elements. As you pass the entrance made of Italian marble, notice the variety of religious objects, paintings, and other diplomatic gifts decorating the palace's lavish halls. Besides the main building, you can also examine several buildings on the palace grounds, including the conference hall, kitchen, staff headquarters, and a lotus pond. Before you head to Luang Prabang, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Luang Prabang online trip maker , to make sure you see all that Luang Prabang has to offer, including Royal Palace Museum.
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  • First of all, it has to be said that very strict attention is paid to the dress code (shoulders and knees covered). But you can borrow a sarong or - for men - a pair of trousers. Bags, mobile phones and cameras are not allowed. The reception hall is impressive, but I was even more impressed by how simply the royal family was set up in their private rooms. I found the bedrooms simply uncomfortable - but all without pomp. The fleet was also very interesting.
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  • Well easy and located to access. The structure is easy with golden cover. If you simply go on your own, actually there's not much so that you can explore. You much better have somebody as a guide go a...  more »
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  • The National Museum is basically not more than a reflection of the gifts the King got, the rooms he and his family lived in and some clothes he was wearing. All is nicely arranged actually. However, if you miss it, no need to worry.
  • This is a review for the Lao traditional dance performance that happens a few times a week. It’s amazing! The dancers are fascinating, the music is excellent and the experience overall is great!
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