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Royal Palace (National Museum)

Sisavangvong Rd.
Ban Choumkhong
Luang Prabang, Laos
TEL: 85 67 121-2122

The palace itself is a cruciform building that was constructed in 1904 for a francophone king who fathered 50 children and that is perhaps most famous for containing the gold Khmer Buddha that lends the city its name. As it turns out, the golden icon, tucked in a dim shrine behind painted security bars, is hard to see and in any case may well be a copy or fake. Of greater interest are the spartan royal apartments and the National Museum containing a collection of oddball artifacts, among them a fragment of moon rock presented as a souvenir of Apollo 17.

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