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King Sisavang Vong
King of the Kingdom of Laos
Sisavang Vong.jpg
Reign 28 April 1904 – 20 October 1945
23 April 1946 – 20 October 1959
Born 14 July 1885(1885-07-14)
Birthplace Luang Phrabang, Laos
Died 29 October 1959 (aged 74)
Place of death Luang Phrabang, Laos
Predecessor Zakarine
Successor Savang Vatthana
Consort Princess Kham-Oun I
Princess Khamtouane of Luang Prabang
Princess Kamaduni
Princess Indrakama
Princess Kamuni
Princess Khamphoui
Royal House Luang Phrabang
Father Zakarine
Mother Thongsy

Sisavang Vong (or Sisavangvong) (14 July 1885 - 29 October 1959), was King of the Luang Phrabang and later Kingdom of Laos from 28 April 1904 until his death on 20 October 1959.


Early life

He was born at Luang Phrabang, on July 14, 1885. His father was Zakarine, King of Luang Phrabang and his mother was Queen Thongsy. He was educated at Lycée Chasseloup-Laubat, Saigon and l'École Coloniale, Paris. He was known as a "playboy" king. He had up to 50 children by as many as 15 wives, two of whom were his half sisters[1]and one of whom was a niece. Fourteen of the children would die in the Mekong after a boating accident.

His wives included:

  • Princess Kamuni (1885-1915), daughter of Prince Ko and Princess Duangbadani
  • Khamphane (1896-1983), his half sister by his father's wife Mom La; they had no children
  • Khamla, a commoner
  • Khamboua, a commoner
  • Khamtip, a commoner
  • Princess Khamtouan of Luang Prabang, his half sister (one son)
  • Princess Kamaduni of the Vang Hnaxxs family
  • Mom Khamphoui, a commoner
  • Princess Indrakama, a daughter of Prince Jayasena, Prince Sri Dibudinha and his wife, Pong
  • Princess Kamuni
  • Princess Khamphoui, the daughter of his half-brother
  • Chansy (1900-1984), a commoner

King of Laos

He succeeded his father as King of Luang Prabang after the death of his father, 25 March 1904. Luang Phrabang was then a French protectorate within French Indochina. He ascended the throne, at the old Royal Palace, Luang Prabang, 15 April 1904, and was crowned there, 4 March 1905. During the early years of his reign, the French built a modern palace for him, the Royal Palace of Luang Prabang for his use of residence. Under his kingdom he had united provinces Houaphan, 1931; Houakhong; Xiengkhouang and Vientiane, 1942; Champassak and Sayboury, 1946.

He was a lifelong supporter of French rule in Laos, and in 1945 he refused to cooperate with Lao nationalists and he was deposed when the Lao Issara declared the country independent. In April 1946, the French took over once again and he was reinstated as king (the first time a Lao monarch actually ruled all of what is today called Laos).

Statue of Sisavang Vong , King of Luang Phrabāng 1904-46, King of Laos 1946-59 (Grounds of the Royal Palace Museum, Luang Phrabāng)

In 1954 he celebrated his Golden Jubilee, becoming the longest-reigning king in Asia until King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, who surpassed his reign in 2001.

When he became ill, he made his son Crown Prince Savang Vatthana regent. His son succeeded him on his death in 1959.[2]. He was cremated and buried in Wat That Luang in 1961, and during his funeral procession was transported by the royal funeral carriage, a 12-meter-high wooden hearse with a carved seven-headed serpent. Many representatives were at the state funeral including Prince Bhanubandhu, who represented Thailand.

Sisavangvong University was named in his honor, but was abolished in 1975 when the communists took power in Laos.

Because he presided over independence from the French Union, statues of him survived the communist revolution and remain in Luang Prabang and Vientiane. Both statues depict him in the act of bestowing a constitution upon the people.


See also


Sisavang Vong
Born: 14 July 1885 Died: 29 October 1959
Preceded by
King of Laos
28 April 1904 – 20 October 1945
Succeeded by
Independence from France
Phetsarath Rattanavongsa as de facto head of state
Preceded by
Independence from France
Phetsarath Rattanavongsa
King of Laos
23 April 1946 – 20 October 1959
Succeeded by
Savang Vatthana


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