Stories of Siaosawat
The most famous and magnificent temple in Luang Prabang is Wat Xieng Thong, near the tip of the peninsula. This temple was key in UNESCO's decision to name Luang Prabang a World Heritage Site.
Fifty years ago, artisans here decorated the walls of La Chapelle Rouge (the Red Chapel) with glass mosaic tiles from the parables of Siaosawat, a hero of Lao legend. Many of these tales are already being forgotten. Here are the complete stories of Wat Xieng Thong, beautifully illustrated with the mosaics.
We have separately published a Lao-language edition of this book.
compiled by Somphong Sakdy, photographs by Chaly Vang
This book was made possible by a grant from the United States Embassy; Mekong Riverview Hotel; and Planet Wheeler. Thank you!
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