Twinkle, Twinkle Wat Xieng Thong – Luang Prabang, Laos

In the late afternoon sunlight, the small shrine’s mosaic-adorned walls shimmered like precious gems. As I shifted my footing and perspective – moving only mere inches at a time – different vignettes were illuminated by the vibrant rays. The Buddhist shrine – on which the cut glass portrays Buddhist imagery – is one of twenty structures in the Wat Xieng Thong monastery compound in charming Luang Prabang. The temple is not far from the Mekong River.

Wat Xieng Thong was built in 1560 by Laos’ King Setthathirath; it is one of Laos’ most important monasteries.

Planning Pointers:

  • The Wat Xieng Thong complex is still used by monks, and so visitors are expected to dress appropriately (no short clothing, and no bare shoulders). The entrance fee is 20,000 kip (about $2.30).

Photography & text © Tricia A. Mitchell. All Rights Reserved.

7 thoughts on “Twinkle, Twinkle Wat Xieng Thong – Luang Prabang, Laos

  1. wow Tricia – these are beautiful images. You’re right, each reveals a different vignette. I am a big fan of mosaics and these are so shimmery. So beautiful. I adore this post :)

    1. I also love mosaics and would love to try my hand at them! I’ve been exposed to so many wonderful crafts and culinary dishes on this trip — makes me want to attempt making them when we return home. Thanks Marina, as always, for your enthusiastic feedback :)

  2. Ron and I just didn’t have enough time in Luang Prabang to do it justice. We missed this temple. How beautiful. Such creativity and talented artisans. This is what is so wonderful about travel writing, Tricia. Am pleased you posted this.

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