Located in the centre of Vientiane, Great Sacred Stupa is an enormous gold-covered Buddhist Stupa. Great Sacred Stupa is considered as the most important monument of the city. Constructed in 17th century, Great Sacred Stupa is known to be a national Symbol of the country and a religious symbol of Laotian Buddhism. The stupa has gone through several reconstructions due to excessive foreign invasion in the area. It is said that Pha That Luang was originally built as a Hindu temple in 3rd century.
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Wat Si Saket is reckoned to be among the oldest temples that are still standing in Vientiane. In direct contrast to other temples that follow Laos style of architecture, this Wat is built as per Siamese style of architecture. The temple was built in 1818 by King Anouvong. It has a cloister wall that holds more than 2000 images of the Buddha, in ceramic as well as silver. There is also a museum with the compound. The Siamese style of architecture is regarded as one of the main reasons why the temple seems to have su... read more
Buddha Park (aka Xieng Khuan) is an attractive tourist spot in Vientiane; Xieng Khuan means Spirit city. Though a public park, it is often referred to as Wat Xieng Khuan owing to the many religious images that are to be found here. The park boasts of more than 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues. The park entrance is shaped like a demon’s mouth & there is a stone ladder which guides the visitors to a bird’s view of the entire park. Of all the images, the 40-metre high reclining Buddha is the most popular and... read more
In the local language, Patuxai means Victory Gate or the Gate Of Triumph. It is a war monument dedicated to the memory of those who fought against French invasion. The Patuxai Victory Monument is embellished with a crenellated upper level which holds five towers, one in each of the four corners & a fifth one in centre. The five towers stand for the five principles of Buddhism which include amiability, flexibility, honesty, honor and prosperity.
The inside of the temple is decorated with lotus leaves, stupa shap... read more
Located at the eastern side of Thanon Setthathirath, Wat Si Muang is a popular place of worship in Vientiane; the temple has many colorful stories and folklore associated with it. As per a popular story, when the temple was being constructed in 1563, a pregnant woman offered herself as a sacrifice to pacify the angry spirits. The woman is believed to have thrown herself into a deep pit that was dug where the temple’s central pillar was to be placed. This central pillar serves as the center of the town that ha... read more
Black Stupa, alternatively referred to as That Dam, is a large stupa in Laos. It is located at a stone’s throw from the morning market and the American Embassy. As per local beliefs, the Stupa is home to a seven-headed snake that protected them from the Siamese invasion in 1827. Depictions of serpents are commonly seen in many temples of Buddhist origin across South East Asia. As per the popular legend, Mucalinda – the king of serpents is said to have protected Lord Buddha from incessant rains when he w... read more