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Wat Xiengthong or Golden City Temple is one of the loveliest religious buildings in the royal capital of Luang Prabang dating from around 1560. The wat overlooks the Mekong river and was the site for coronation of early Lao kings. There have been many renovations and restorations over the years.

Compared to other temples in Thailand or elsewhere, it still looks small, however the difference lies in its unique architectural style with its multi-tiered roofs sloping almost down to the floor and elaborately decorated interior columns.

The traditional method of construction and the picturization of stories from Buddhism on the walls and decorated with natural colours are fascinating. It's an outstanding example of the typical classic Luang Prabang style.

Setting: 44 mm, 1/100 sec, F14, ISO Raw 200, 0925 hrs

Additional pictures:
Workshop1: The magnificenf 'Tree of Life' mosaic adorning the main facade relates to a legend surrounding the foundation of the temple.

Workshop2: Elaborately decorated entrance

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