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Ho Phra Keo Laos

Ho Phra Keo or Haw Phra Kaew (means ‘Altar of the Emerald Buddha’) is one of the most highly venerated temples in Laos, now turned into a museum

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Ho Phra Keo or Haw Phra Kaew (means ‘Altar of the Emerald Buddha’) is one of the most highly venerated temples in Laos, now turned into a museum. The Haw Phra Kaew was built around 1565 under the reign of King Setthathirath.  It was constructed to be the temple for the Lao Royals and to enshrine the Emerald Buddha figurine. When Vientiane was seized by Siamese (now Thailand) in 1778, the figurine was taken to Thonburi and the temple was destroyed (nowaday, the figurine can be seen at the Grand Palace in Bangkok). The Haw Phra Kaew now houses several exquisite Laotian Buddha statues and Buddhist antiquities, one of the finest collections of Lao art in the country. Photography is prohibited inside, but there is plenty to see and photograph outside.

Ho Phra Keo Map

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