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1959: Sisavang Vong: King of Laos who had around 15 Wives and 50 Children

1959: Sisavang Vong: King of Laos who had around 15 Wives and 50 Children
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  • historical event:
  • The seat of the Laotian kingdom was in the city of Luang Prabang, located on the great river Mekong. In that city, the French built a new royal palace for King Sisavang Vong, which can still be seen today.

Sisavang Vong, King of Laos, died on this day in 1959. In his time, he was known as something of a “playboy”. He had around 15 wives, two of whom were his half-sisters, while one was his niece. He had a total of around 50 children.

It is important to note that Sisavang Vong was under the protection of the French. Namely, Laos was at that time a part of French Indochina, i.e. under French colonial administration. Laos’s neighboring country of Vietnam functioned in a similar manner, also under French rule.

The seat of the Laotian kingdom was in the city of Luang Prabang, located on the great river Mekong (that river springs from Tibet, and flows through Cambodia and Vietnam). In that city, the French built a new royal palace for King Sisavang Vong, which can still be seen today.

When he died on this day, King Sisavang Vong was 74 years old. He was succeeded by his son, Sisavang Vatthana, the last King of Laos, who was forced to abdicate by the communists (Pathet Lao).

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