7 Wonders of Luang Prabang, Laos

Use Street View to check out the city of villages

By Google Arts & Culture

Luang Prabang is a city comprised of 58 villages in northern Laos. The city, whose name literally translates to 'Royal Buddha Image', has rich cultural and religious heritage. Click and drag to explore each of the locations in Street View

Haw Kham, Luang Prabang's Royal Palace, was built in 1904 during the French colonial era. King Sisavang Vong had it built using both Lao and French motifs. After the monarchy was overthrown in 1975, the palace became a national museum. Click to check out the area.

There are many monasteries and shrines throughout the city, and hundreds of Buddhist monks collect alms in town each day. This spire tops Wat Chom Si, a temple at the summit of Phou Si Hill. Click to use Street View and experience the breathtaking view of the city.

Much of their artistic work is rooted in religious traditions. Here at Wat May Souvannapoumaram, the largest Buddhist temple in the city, we see ornate sculptures and elegant architecture. Click and drag to check out the iconography.

This small Buddhist temple, Wat Aham, was built on the site of a previously existing spirit shrine in 1818. During its long history, some of the structures have been destroyed and rebuilt, but it has always remained a sacred area. Take a tour using Street View.

Sisavangvong Road, named for the former monarch, is home to the famous open-air night market. Click to wander the bazaar, sampling delicious Lao cuisine as you stroll.

Follow the Mekong River a few miles and you'll find the Kuang Si Falls, a gorgeous three-tiered waterfall leading into vivid pools of aquamarine water. Some of the pools are even open for swimming. Click and drag to see them in 360º.

33 of Luang Prabang's villages make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it's easy to see why. Laos' former capital is a stunning example of a community steeped in cultural, architectural, and religious tradition.

Sewu temple, GUPALA statue and Merapi as a background. by PT.Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan & Ratu Boko [PERSERO]PT. Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur Prambanan dan Ratu Boko

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