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Attractions in Laos

Wat Xieng Thong

Luang Prabang, Laos

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Built during the 16th Century by King Saysetthathirath and completed in 1560. Wat Xieng Thong temple is one of the most interesting examples of Buddhist architecture. The ornate carved and gilded funeral vehicle of the former king is kept in one of the buildings in the temple grounds. This temple was used to organize the highest Royal Ceremonies and houses the bones of King Sisavangvong. The intricate golden facades, colorful murals, glass mosaics and unique three-layered roof make this one...


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Chao Anouvong Monument

Luang Prabang, Laos

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The park was named after King as well which tells us how highly regarded he is among Lao people. The statue was constructed in 2010 during Vientiane s 450th Anniversary to commemorate the King s noble contribution to Vientiane during his reign.

Chao Anouvong was the last king of the Lao Kingdom of Vientiane. During his era he struggled to fight against Thailand s invasion of Vientiane. In the end he was unsuccessful and was captured while the Kingdom of Vientiane was forced to surrender to...


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Lao National Museum

Vientiane, Laos

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This museum is housed in an old colonial structure built by the French as the office of the police commissioner. The Museum of the Revolution has photos, artifacts, and re-creations of the Lao struggle for independence against the French and Americans.

The museum features everything from dinosaur bones and sandstone sculptures of the Hindu god Shiva to machine guns and black-and-white photos of the Pathet Lao soldiers in action against the U.S.-backed regime. Archaeological finds and maps...


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Presidential Palace

Vientiane, Laos

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The palace itself is not open to the public and can only be admired from the road.

Decorated with elegant collonaded balconies, this two-storey beaux arts-style mansion sits amidst extensive manicured gardens in the centre of the city, surrounded by high walls with wrought iron gates. The site on which it stands was the heart of the Lao royal palace complex until the Siamese invasion of 1828, but following the devastation of that year the area remained abandoned until 1900, when the French...


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