Posted on 01/16/2010

Photo taken on December 27, 2009

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Wat Xieng Thong

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Wat Xieng Thong and the Funerary Pavilion

Wat Xieng Thong and the Funerary Pavilion
This house, at Wat Xieng Thong complex contains a funeral carriage and urns for the ashes of members of the royal family.

In 1887, the complex was the only wat to have escaped destruction by foreign aggressors because their leader had utilized it as his headquarters.

Built upon the death of King Sisavong, the Funerary Pavilion houses a royal funerary carriage with numerous naga heads carved by the famous Lao sculptor Thit Tan, as well as a collection of religious objects. The building is renowned for its carved and gilded wooden ornamentation, which was produced in 1962 and recounts several episodes from the Ramayana.