Stories from the Red Chapel
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 that tell stories from the life of Siaw Sawat, 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 are also preparing an English-language edition of this book, but will publish the Lao edition first.
retold by Somphong Sakvy, photographs by Chaly Vang
This book was made possible by a sponsorship from Manoj Paul. Thank you!
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