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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Royal Palace Museum Reviews
In January 2020, my wife and I embarked on a short 5 day private Wendy Wu “Laos in Focus” tour in January 2020 arranged through Asia DMC Laos as part of an 18 day Asian adventure celebrating our 40th.... more »
The palace is the former residence of the royal family. I arrived just as the afternoon opening started - so it was not too busy. All bags must be left in lockers and no shoes inside. There is also... more »
The palace/museum is small and limited on information. It's quite beautiful in places and has some interesting articles to look at but I was done in about 30 minutes. There are free lockers to leave bags and cameras in which you're not allowed to take into the palace itself. It felt secure. The grounds are nice but limited shade on hot days. 30,000 kip entry cost. Overall if you're nearby and have the time take a look but don't worry about missing it if you have a packed schedule.
Interesting place, modest palace by many comparisons, but though. Taking photos is not allowed, unclear why? There are also presented cars of the last king, cars are partly in need-for-restoration state, as are some buildings in the complex. Hope, those works will be taken in coming years.
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