Royal Palace Museum is contained many tasteful accents of traditional Lao and French beaux-arts styles, which is also known as Haw Kham, the Royal Palace was built in 1904 and was home to King Sisavang Vong (1905–1959) and his family, whose statue stands outside.
After the death of King Sisavang Vong, the Crown Prince Savang Vatthana and his family were the last to occupy the grounds. In 1975, the monarchy was overthrown by the communists and the Royal Family was taken to re-education camps. The palace was then converted into a national museum.
The Royal Palace was closed until the year 1995 which opened its doors to the public reconverted at the National Museum of Luang Prabang, Museum that is still active today. The museum is well worth a couple of hours of your time if you want to learn more about Lao history and culture.
The long front wing houses the king’s reception hall to the right of the entry, where busts and paintings of the Lao monarchs are now displayed. This room is decorated with murals depicting scenes of everyday life around the city. They were executed by a French artist in the 1930s. To the left of the entry is the reception area for the chief secretary, which now displays gifts from various heads of state to the Lao monarchy. Beyond this is the queen’s reception room.
King Sisavang Vong statue (Picture: wikiwand)
The royal apartments have been preserved more or less as they were when occupied by the king and queen. They include bedrooms and the dining room, as well as a music room displaying Lao classical instruments and masks.
– Address: Sisavangvong, Luang Prabang, Laos
– Opening hours: the morning from 8:00 up to the 11:30 and evenings from 13:30 until the 16:00.
– Phone: +856 7171212470, +856 071212068
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