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Come over attractive destinations in the Vientiane Capital

Come over attractive destinations in the Vientiane Capital

In the capital of Laos, there are many unique historical relics which is attractive to almost foreign tourists. When visiting the capital Vientiane, you should not ignore the following famous places.

1. Triumphal arch Patuxai

Located on Lane Xang Boulevard is Triumphal arch Patuxai with the previous name Anou Savary. This triumphal arch is between the border of Vientiane City and That Luang area. People built Anou Savary in 1958 and it’s under part imitates the Arc de Triumphe in Paris, but the upper and inside are the architecture which is typical of Laos style.  If you have opportunity to stand on the top of Anou Savary, you can see all view of Vientiane.

2. Pha That Luang

Pha That Luang is a world cultural heritage, the symbol of the Lao Theravada Buddhism which is printed on paper money and the emblem of the Lao People's Democratic Republic and on the ending position of Lane Xang. That Luong or Pha That Luang is a Buddhist stupa was constructed in 1566 on the ruins of the 13th-century Indian temple with the golden- plated cover. In Laos, That Luang is the biggest and most beautiful tower. And especially, each year That Luang festival- the typical one of the nation is going to be held in the middle of November. The visiting ticket: 3,000 Kip / person.
 
Pha That Luang - the famous temple in the capital of Vientiane.

3. The Buddha Park 

The Buddha Park is in Xieng Khouang, about 25 km from Vientiane to the southeast. There are more than 200 statues of Buddhists and Hindu figures made of concrete and the outstanding thing is a giant Buddhist statue in 40 meter length. Besides, the other statues are the images of people, gods, animals and demons. To go into this work in the shape of enormous pumpkin, you can go through a demonic mouth nearly 3m high and climb the stairs to visit each floor symbolizing hell, world and heaven. If it is much crowed, you should go by tuk tuk with the price at about 70000 kip or take the bus number 45 near Talat Sao market at price 5000 kip per one person, and each 20 to 40 minutes there will be a bus turn. Sightseeing tickets Buddha Park: 5000 kip.

4. Talat Sao - the morning market

This market is in the eastern corner between Lane Xang and Vieng, which is the main area of Vientiane capital. And Talat Sao market is open from 6.00 a.m to 16.00 p.m each day. The place is an attractive destination to tourists for sightseeing and shopping. There are many small shops, restaurants, fruit and vegetable stalls, jewelry stalls, silk, handicrafts, musical instruments, electronics, home appliances… in the market. Talat Sao is a concentrating point of Lao typical goods, so you can easily find to buy favorite items as gifts for relatives.
 
A local shop at Talat Sao market in Vientiane.

5. Wat Phra Keo pagoda

Coming to Pra Keo pagoda, you will be surprised by sculptures, carvings and rare objects which are inlaid with gold, silver, jade shimmering color. This destination does not only worship Buddhist statue, it is also a museum of many Lao religious art works. And in Vientiane, Phra Keo pagoda is an important pagoda, just be less important than That Luong.

6. Wat Sisaket

The pagoda on Sethathirath Road, near Lane Xang Boulevard has still kept original features since it is built in 1818 by King Chao Anou with the Siamese Buddhist architecture. Wat Sisaket creates the impression by corridors with walls decorated with more than 2,000 images of bronze, precious wood, ceramics, gilded and silver Buddha statues. The number of Buddha statues is up to 6,840, this is very rare.
 
You can find many impressing statues at Sisaket Temple.

7. Wat Ong Theu

On Setthathilath Road, Wat Ong Theu is outstanding with the biggest bronze Buddha statue in Vientiane. This is also the reason for the name, it means that the pagoda has a big Buddha statue. Inside the pagoda there is Sangha Buddhist School where monks from all over Laos come here to study Buddhism.

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8. Wat Si Muang

This is the only pagoda between Setthathilath and Samsenthai, expressing the combination of Buddhist faith and original Lao belief. There are many legends related to this temple but one thing is certain that Si Muang is the name of a pregnant woman about 300 years ago. And people construct the pagoda to worship and commemorate this women. Following the Laos tradition, when visiting the place, you can hold a ceremony to tie the thread into your hands with the hope for luck.
 
Wat Si Muang temple with the typical roof of Laos' temples.