History

Heuan Chan Heritage House was first called Villa Xieng Mouane after the village it was founded in. Listed as #119 in the UNESCO World Heritage Registry of Luang Prabang, this house is a rare example of a wood home built in the Luang Prabang style.

Mr. Thong Sayasith or Phanya Muang Sene, the house’s original owner, was an officer in the former royal Lao court located a block away. Although he was not a royal, he enjoyed a high status. His house and garden are larger than most of the domiciles in Luang Prabang. Phanya Muang Sene hired an architect from the Ou River Valley to construct the house in 1900.

In 1996, the government rented the house from the family of Mr. Thong Sayasith. The house underwent renovation three times in 1996, 2006, and 2017. The house presently houses exhibits, and the garden is a centre promoting the cultural heritage of the former royal capital or Luang Prabang Way of Life.

Story

Although prehistoric settlements existed at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers, the Lao arrived in Luang Prabang over 1200 years ago. Luang Prabang city was the capital of the Lao Lan Xang and other kingdoms and served as the royal centre until 1975.
Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, Luang Prabang is best known today for its of temples, domestic architecture, and colonial buildings. The natural beauty of the surrounding environment is also renowned.

The Luang Prabang way of life revolved around peace and simplicity from the dawn to the dusk. The town is dominated by Buddhist temple. The rhythmic beats of the temple drums from the harmonize with the sweet singing of birds at dawn. Daily alms giving occurs during the early morning.

The town’s elite supported the artisans using various mediums such as basketry, cotton and silk textiles, lacquerware, wood, gold and silver jewellery and ceremonial items. Paper was made from mulberry tree bark that was used to records historical records and religious writings.

The court culture of Luang Prabang also created a unique type of cuisine. A stew called au lam, the jaew bong chili condiment, and kha-nap paa (fish grilled in banana leaf) are some of delicious foods of Luang Prabang. Authentic Luang Prabang cooking is time consuming, requiring numerous steps to painstakingly prepare ingredients for each dish composed of fresh herbs and seasonal vegetables.

Heuan Chan Heritage is a centre of reflecting the beautiful way of life of Luang Prabang. Everyone are welcome to visit and absorb its relaxing vibe.

Our Mission

• To preserve a traditional, wood Lao house
• To preserve Luang Prabang’s traditional way of life
• To serve as a Centre where the elders pass on traditional skills and knowledge to younger generations

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