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.
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- 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).
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