Royal Palace - Luang Prabang

The Royal Palace

Delve into the history of Laos's monarchy
at the Royal Palace Museum,
where you'll discover artifacts
and exhibits that chronicle the
kingdom's rich past.

The Royal Palace, also known as the Haw Kham (Golden Palace), is a fascinating historical
landmark of Luang Prabang.

It was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family. The
site was chosen for its convenient location, allowing official visitors to disembark from their
river voyages directly below the palace. It served as the residence for the Lao royal family
until 1971, after that the palace became the National Museum, housing a collection of
artifacts related to Laotian history and culture.

Architecture of the palace boasts a unique blend of Lao traditional and French Beaux Arts
styles. The exterior features ornate decorations, gilding, and intricate mosaics. Inside visitors
can admire the beautifully decorated rooms, including the throne room, the Queen's
chambers, and the Royal Chapel.

Highlights:
• Haw Pha Bang Pavilion: This ornate pavilion houses the sacred Phra Bang Buddha statue, a highly revered national treasure.
• Royal Barge Shelter: This building showcases several elaborately decorated royal barges used for ceremonial processions.
• Royal Car Museum: This museum exhibits a collection of vintage cars once used by the Laotian royal family.
• Gardens: The palace is surrounded by beautiful gardens, a peaceful haven for visitors to stroll and relax.

Visiting Information:
• Opening hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily.
• Dress code: Visitors are required to dress modestly, covering shoulders and knees.
• Location: Thanon Sisavangvong, Luang Prabang.

Additional Tips:
• Allow at least 2 hours to explore the palace grounds.
• Guided tours are available for a more in-depth experience.
• Consider visiting early in the morning or late afternoon to avoid crowds.
• Photography is allowed inside the palace, but flash photography is prohibited.