Also known as the National Museum in Luang Prabang, the Royal Palace Museum was originally built in 1904 as a home for King Sisavang Vong, seamlessly blending traditional architecture with French colonial influence to form one of the most impressive structures in Luang Prabang. Regal marble steps lead travelers into the main entrance hall, where gilded Buddhist statues stand to greet them. Massive paintings depicting life in Laos are hung along the walls of the King’s Reception Room, and intricate mosaics line the path to the royal throne.
The museum grants visitors an up-close look at not only the country, but the private lives of Laos’ elite as well. Travelers can relax around the lotus pond, stare up at the statue of King Sisavang Vong and ultimately discover the history of the Lao Royal Family that ruled until 1975.
The Royal Palace is located off Sisavangvong Road, just south of Ounheun Road and east of the Mekong River. It is open Wednesday through Monday from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and again from 1:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. Visitors must be “appropriately dressed;” shorts and tank tops are not allowed.