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Discover the capital of Laos and its rich cultural history with these essential tours and destinations!
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The capital city of Laos, Vientiane is the perfect place to visit for a breather. The sleepy city’s slow pace makes for a pretty contemplative trip. Days bleed into each other in Vientiane, but that’s not such a bad thing when it’s in a city surrounded by French-inspired architecture, incritate temples, and historical landmarks.

Pha That Luang

The national symbol of Laos, Pha That Luang, is one of the most popular attractions in Vientiane and is a must-see when visiting the capital city. Located on the northeast of the city, at the end of Pha That Luang Road, the historic gold stupa stands at over 45m tall. Pha That Luang, which means the “Great Sacred Stupa” is actually made entirely of gold and is visited by pilgrims from all over the world, especially in November during the Boun That Luang Festival.
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Patuxay Monument

A massive war monument located close to the city’s center, the Patuxay (Patuxai) monument was built to commemorate the lives of the fallen Lao soldiers who died during World World II. The monument is also called the Arc de Triomphe of Vientiane due to its likeness to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Aside from admiring the monument from below, visitors can actually climb the seven-stories inside the monument, passing through souvenir shops and a museum. Finally, visitors can enjoy the panoramic views of the city from the top.
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Sisaket Temple (Wat Si Saket)

The Wat Si Saket is one of the city’s most popular temples, and rightfully so. It is the oldest temple in the city that is still in its original form, and one of the very few that survived the looting and destruction in 1827 due to the Siamese armies that came to Laos. The temple’s courtyard is home to over 7,000 preserved images of Budhha.
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Buddha Park

The Buddha Park is a well-known statue park that was built in 1958 by Luang Pu Bunleau Sulilat. Luang Pu Bunleau Sulilat was a mystic, priest-shaman and sculptor who had a very large following in Laos and Thailand. The park, filled with numerous Buddhist statues, Hindu gods and goddesses like Vishnu, and the eight-armed Shiva, and even a 40-meter-long gigantic reclining Buddha.
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