World Heritage #0479 – Town of Luang Prabang

Last updated Nov 7, 2019 | Published on Jul 3, 2009Laos, South and Southeast Asia, World Heritage Sites

Temples, temples and more temples. But there is more to this town in northern Laos than that.

The UNESCO World Heritage List includes more than a thousand properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.


Official facts

Country: Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Date of Inscription: 1995

Category: Cultural site

UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 479:

“Luang Prabang is an outstanding example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures with those built by the European colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries. Its unique, remarkably well-preserved townscape illustrates a key stage in the blending of these two distinct cultural traditions.”


My visit

A splendid city with wonderful temples. Here is an extract from my 2009 blog post:

“In the last temple a young man came over to me. A monk or apprentice rather at the age of 16. He was midterm in his four years of monk-school and wanted to practice his English. He came from further up north and wished he later would get a scholarship to go to university in the capital. I wished him good luck at least, although he might have wanted me to see to his scholarship.”

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