Located on the banks of the Mekong River, Vientiane is the capital city of Laos. This beautiful capital attracts tourist with an impressive Buddhist art, charming temples, and lovely gardens. Below are top 5 destinations that you cannot miss when traveling to Vientiane
Pha That Luong means great golden stupa. Situated at the end of Lane Xang Road, Pha That Luong is one of the most important monuments in Vientiane. It was built in 1566 (13th century) on the ruins of the India Temple and was covered with 500 kilos of gold leafs. However, the stupa was damaged by the Burmese, Chinese, and Siamese during the invasions in the 18th and 19th centuries. After that, the temple was rebuilt with the help of the French in 1930. The stupa is built on 3 levels, which symbolize the ascent from the Earth to the Sky. The entrance fee is about $6.
The Buddha Park located in Xieng Khuan, about 25 km southeast from Vientiane. The park is famous for its sculpture garden of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures. Built-in 1958 by Luang Pu Bounleuna Suliat, nowadays there are more than 200 sculptures made from concrete in varying sizes from small to large in Buddha Park. Some popular sculptures are the giant pumpkin with dead trees sprouting from its crown; an enormous 40-meter-long reclining Buddha or the entrance is crafted to look like a demon's mouth (about three meters high) with a stone ladder inside leading to a bird's eye view of the entire Xieng Khuan Park. The entrance fee is about $9.
This is one of the most charming and attractive temples in Vientiane. The temple was built in 1565 as the chapel for the royal family. For a time, Ho Phra Kaew was a home to the Jade Buddha, after it was taken from Thailand. Walking around Phra Kaew, tourists will be lost in the "world of art" with the sculptures, carvings and unique objects. If you like a peaceful place with green shades of big trees, then Ho Phra Kaew is exactly the place that you are looking for.
Patuxai also called Victory Gate or The Gate of Triumph. It is a war monument in the center of Vientiane and built between 1957 and 1968 with the aim to dedicate those who struggle for the independence from France. Through many times unfinished due to lack of funds and other reasons, now Patuxai still under construction. Patuxai is 55 in height and has gateways on four sides, each side has a width of 24 m, consisting 7 floors and 2 additional floors. The monument has five towers, which represents five principles of coexistence among nations in the world
Talat Sao or morning market is a well-known destination of this capital city. Located at the corner of the East, between Lane Xang and Khu Vieng street, which is really convenient for shopping. Talat Sao is divided into 2 distinct sections: the air-conditioned shopping mall is the best place to find electronics, luxury goods, while the original Morning Market is a place to find cheap products. The market opens daily from 7 AM until 4 PM.