The old town centre of Luang Prabang has been designated a Unesco world heritage site, and encompasses a range of Buddhist temples, monasteries and French colonial buildings, and can be easily explored on foot. Temples include Wat Visoun, a 16th-century temple that also serves as a small museum for religious artefacts. Wat Aham, an early 19th-century temple, features two guardian figures at the foot of the steps representing two characters from the Legend of Ramayana: Hanuman the Monkey God and a fierce Yaksa. There is also Wat Xieng Thong, a 16th-century temple that epitomises all the elegance and grace of Luang Prabang architecture. Make sure to visit the former royal palace of Luang Prabang, now converted into a national museum and housing a collection of artefacts including the famous Prabang Buddha statue and gifts received from foreign dignitaries. The building is a blend of French and Lao architectural styles and consists of different reception rooms, the throne hall and royal apartments. One of the highlights is the King's Reception Room, which is decorated with murals depicting scenes of everyday life in the city and a display of busts and paintings of former Lao monarchs.
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