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This temple, situated in the centre of town, is very peaceful. You can admire the numerous decorative pieces of work, especially the paintings, stencilling and woodwork, the gilding, as well as the numerous portrayals of Buddha.

Beside these beautiful structures (a discoloured vihan and several koutis, which have a certain charm in this town which has been almost completely renovated …) you can visit the traditional and recently renovated Prince’s house. This was renovated with the help of Heritage House, and has hosted a tourist information centre since 2006. Exhibitions are sometimes seen here... you must go and have a look...

According to Denise Heywood, this monastery was founded during the reign of King Chantarath (r. 1851-72) by a Phragna Sisonxay. The name ’Sieng Mouan’ refers to ’Melodious Sounds’, an homage to the wat’s particularly harmonious drums in that era. A signboard at the site indicates that the wat is now the site of a ’Cultural Survival Project’ which aims to teach traditional mural painting, wood-carving, bronze-casting, and other traditional trades with the emphasis of maintaining these cultural traditions. One benefit of these activities is that trained workers are made available to assist with ongoing renovations of traditional buildings in the area. (extract from Oriental Architecture)

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