Haw Phra Kaew

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Haw Phra Kaew (Lao: ຫໍພະແກ້ວ) is a former temple in Vientiane, Laos. It is situated on Setthathirath Road, to the southeast of Wat Si Saket. The interior now houses a museum and a small shop.[1]


Monk at Haw Phra Kaew
Ruins of the Ho Phra Keo royal temple as depicted by Louis Delaporte (c.1867) following the destruction of Vientiane in 1828.
Bronze Buddha statues at Haw Phra Kaew

Haw Phra Kaew was built in 1565–1566 on the orders of King Setthathirath. The temple housed the Emerald Buddha figurine, which Setthathirath had brought from Chiang Mai, then the capital of Lanna, to Luang Prabang. When Vientiane was seized by Siam (now Thailand) in 1778, the figurine was taken to Thonburi and the temple was destroyed. After it was rebuilt by King Annouvong of Vientiane in the 19th century, it was damaged by Siamese forces when King Annouvong rebelled against Siam in an attempt to regain full independence. The revered Buddha now resides in Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok. As depicted in the record by Louis Delaporte (c.1867), the temple was not heavily damaged and no trace of large scale fire destruction was observed. The temple was renovated by the French between 1936 and 1942, during colonization of French Indochina.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Vientiane Municipality". Official Website of Lao Tourism. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 

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Media related to Haw Phra Kaew at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 17°57′41″N 102°36′42″E / 17.96139°N 102.61167°E / 17.96139; 102.61167