I visited Wat Xieng Thong on November 14, 2008. According to seasite.niu.edu, Wat Xieng Thong is one of the most important temples in Laos. The word “wat” in Lao means temple, in this case, the Temple of the Golden City. Wat Xieng Thong is very old, built around 1560 by King Setthathirat, a patron of Buddhism, who ruled Laos from 1548 to 1571. The temple is located in a beautiful garden on the bank of the Mekong River where the Nam Khan, a smaller river runs into it.
I do have to say that one of the most beautiful Wat in Luang Prabang is Wat Xieng Thong. It’s a classic of Luang Prabang temple architecture with its low-slung roof eaves and gold-leaf ornamentation, it has strong royal connections, and there are still traces of the pre-1975 era, the obvious is the drawing of the 3 headed elephant symbol, crafted on the wall of the temple.
The drawing of the decoration around the main entrance of Wat Xieng Thong shows the skills of the Lao artisan, and the door frame is covered in gold leaf.
The back of Wat Xieng Thong with its famous tree of life mosaic in colored glass on a dark red background. This is one of the best known images in modern Laos. The mosaic was crafted in 1960 by the Lao craftsmen.
What I find interesting is the trees that are native to the land.