Photographer's Note

Formerly known as Muang Sua, Luang Prabang has a 1,500-year history, including 700 years under the Khmer empire as the capital of the Lao region. In the 14th century, Luang Prabang was a loose collection of wooden houses centred around gold-roofed temples and connected by tiny, winding pathways and ponds. Look closely and you’ll see this ancient urban plan still exists today, alongside grandiose French Indochine designs of the 19th and 20th centuries. The Villa Xieng Muan is a wonderful example of traditional Lao architecture, lifestyle and ethnic history. It’s right next door to the Heuan Chan Heritage Museum, dedicated to the preservation of Lao heritage buildings in Luang Prabang.

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