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The royal palace was built in 1904, and later the main museum of the country, the National Museum, was opened in it. In it you can see various items from the life of the Kings of Laos, religious and cultural exhibits. Among the exhibits there is even a stone from the moon, presented to the King. The exposition is well equipped, there are signatures in English.
The museum building is located on the territory of the royal palace, surrounded by a fence. Actually, the museum building itself is the royal palace. When visiting it, I follow strict rules: photographing inside is prohibited, you need to take off your shoes and hats, you can not be in shorts and short skirts, your shoulders must be closed.
Also on the territory of the palace is the royal temple of Wat Ho Pha Bang (it houses the statue of Buddha Pha Bang, from which the city got its name), the Royal Ballet Theatre (Royal Ballet Theatre), an exhibition of old royal cars. Entrance to the territory and to the temple is free, and visits to the museum and ballet are paid. By itself, the palace and territory are very modest, there is not much to see. You can walk around the territory, sit on benches in the shade of trees, but without visiting the museum or presenting the ballet, this is a waste of time.
🕐 Working hours: museum from 08:00-11:30 to 13:30 -16: 00, seven days a week. Performances at the Theatre Royal are at 18:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, but schedules are subject to change.
💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: 30,000 Kip to the museum (1.66 USD, see Lao currency and exchange rate), from 100 – 150 thousand depending on the location.
🚶 How to get there: the palace is located in the center of the city (Palace and Museum on the map). The entrance to the grounds is from Sisavangvong road and also from the street east of the palace.