Luang Prabang Architecture

Luang Prabang ArchitectureThe Ancient Town of Luang Prabang in the center of northern Laos has been described as one of the most charming and best preserved towns in Southeast Asia. There are 34 Buddhist temples among colonial and Chinese architecture, all set in a backdrop of lush green mountains. The mighty  Mekong River frames the town’s western border, and is still used as an important commercial and recreational transportation link. Vibrant cultural traditions, rituals and distinctive artwork that include temple murals, woodcarving and pottery make Luang Prabang and attractive destination for a wide range of interests. Due to its outstanding cultural and natural features, the town was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

One of the best examples of the stunning architecture in Luang Prabang is the Wat Xieng Thong, which rests peacefully on the edge of the river. At this temple, there are ornate gold designs and multi-colored mirrored mosaics that depict various themes of nature and symbols.

Houses in Luang Prabang are largely made of wood and hoisted onto stilts. The locals keep other live animals below (for instance, roosters can be seen walking around everywhere as well as dogs). Most of the houses have thatched roofs.

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