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Luang Prabang – the jewel on the Mekong – World Heritage Town

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Luang Prabang offers more and more activities and sights to visit, since it was declared to be World Heritage Town in 1995. A constantly growing number of visitors and tourists as well as foreign investors come to Luang Prabang.

The ancient town of Luang Prabang, once the capital of Laos (the Land of a Million Elephants, Lanexang) and still considered to be the center and the religious heart of Laos. Luang Prabang displays French Indochinese architecture and Theravada Buddhist temples of which some of them are considered some of the most beautiful in the region. Luang Prabang is strikingly situated on a peninsula formed by the confluence of two rivers. Its palm-lined riverbanks, beautiful old houses, terracotta roofs and saffron-robed monks all come together to form a picture postcard increasingly difficult to find in Southeast Asia at all.

The former royal capital, the town sits on a peninsula of land set at the confluence of the Mekong and Khan Rivers which give Luang Prabang its special setting. About thirty wats (monasteries), a wide range of colonial buildings and trading houses create the picture of an inhabited heritage city. The scenery of Luang Prabang is dotted with temple roofs and the rising peak of Mt. Phousi, from which a visitor can enjoy the views of the town.

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, the town was described by the global body as “an outstanding example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures with those built by the European colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries. Its unique, remarkably well-preserved townscape illustrates a key stage in the blending of these two distinct cultural traditions.”

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Luang Prabang - royal palace

Luang Prabang,
is surely a jewel in Indochina, and a well known UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. Once the capital of former kings and an important post along river trade lines it became a site of interest for guest from all over the world. The ancient royal city is surrounded by misty mountains at the junction of the Mekong and the small Khan river.

The center of town is located on a peninsula on an altitude of 300 meter above see level. Here we find ancient buildings, the royal palace, monasteries and temples. In the middle of the small city is Mount Phousi with stunning views of the surrounding temples and hills.

Luang Prabang is a provincial city where time still seems to stand still. As part of the UNESCO reconstruction plan, new buildings have been limited and old houses and streets receive reconstruction to keep Luang Prabang magical place…