Pha That Luang, Vientiane, Lao P.D.R

Pha That Luang, Vientiane, Lao P.D.R

© Damien Bouhours

Vientiane, Lao P.D.R, isn’t a really touristic place, but more of a laid back destination, as the Lao people would say “sabai sabai” (everything goes smoothly). If its situation close to the Thailand border makes it the threshold to explore the country (and especially UNESCO world heritage site Luang Prabang), the capital city has few attractions to offer. Among those, there is one inevitable:  Pha That Luang. The golden Buddhist stupa is the most important national monument in Laos and a national symbol. This temple once held some important Buddhist relics, subtilized since by several Siamese invasions. The stupa itself has been renovated several times since its erection in the 3rd century, due to Burmese, Siamese and Chinese invasions.

© Damien Bouhours

© Damien Bouhours

If visitors can walk all year round around the giant gold-covered monument, every year for Pi Mai Lao (Lao new year) you can enter the heart of the complex. Due to the popularity of this national treasure, be ready to some elbow to elbow action.

© Damien Bouhours

© Damien Bouhours

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