Built around 1560 by King Setthathirat, the Wat Xieng Thong or Temple of the Golden City is one of the oldest temples in Laos. And with numerous legendary sagas surrounding the temple, it is also considered one of the most historically important temples in the country.
It is situated in a landscaped garden near the Mekong River and the Nam Khan River confluence. It has dazzling mosaics and interesting Buddha images housed in a sweeping three-tiered roof and traditional Luang Prabang-style edifice. Its interior and exterior walls are swathed with shiny black coating with some characters, figures and symbols written all over a gold leaf. Its entrance is gold-plated and there are white pillars with lotus buds on the sides. [Read more…]