The Ho Pra Keo was built in 1565 as the royal family’s personal chapel. For a brief while in the 18th century, it housed the precious Emerald Buddha that is now housed in the Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok. The temple has been converted into a museum that exhibits the gilded throne of Laos, wooden carvings, palm-leaf manuscripts, bronze frog drums, Khmer Buddhist stone tablets etc. that form a part of the ancient treasures of Laos. The adjacent gardens are also used for the exhibition. Amongst the items on display here, there is a 2000-year-old stone jar from the Xieng Khouang Plateau. This location was previously the site of the royal palace of Laos.
Haw Phra Kaew Travel Tips
- Some of the guidebooks refer to this museum as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
How to Reach Haw Phra Kaew
- You can hire a taxi/car/jumbo/bicycle to get here.
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13.25% of people who visit Vientiane include Haw Phra Kaew in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
65.63% of people start their Haw Phra Kaew visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
1 Hr 30 Minutes
People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Haw Phra Kaew
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Haw Phra Kaew