Laos – the Land of Million Elephants is the only uninhabited country in Southeast Asia. Lao culture is strongly influenced by Buddhism that clearly reflected in language, art, and especially in architecture. Here is the list of top 10 most famous architectural works tourists can visit in this country.
Besides economic roles, Savanakhet is also an attractive tourist destination of Laos. Although this province doesn’t offer many famous landmarks as Vientiane or Luang Prabang, Wat Xayaphoum is an exception. It is an ancient, magnificent temple located in the heart of the capital of Savanakhet. The temple is known as a Sanskrit School training Buddhist from all over the world and a popular destination that tourists should not miss while traveling to Savanakhet.
Lao National Museum
Luang Prabang, the ancient capital of Laos, is a very peaceful and friendly destination that every tourist should visit at least once in lifetime. Luang Prabang is also home to Lao National Museum – an attractive tourist spot of Laos. The museum, in the past, was the palace of the Lao Kingdom, impressed with modern French architecture. It is also the home to the famous Prabang Buddha statue – the national treasure, made of gold, 48kg weight and 83cm high.
Wat Ong Teu
Vientiane, the capital of Laos, well-known for its rich history and impressive sites will surely not make you disappoint. Wat Ong Teu, meaning the temple of heavy Buddha, is a popular attraction with the largest bronze Buddha statue in Vientiane. Inside the temple is Sangha Buddhism School where monks in Laos frequently come to learn about Buddhism. If you have the opportunity to visit the capital, do not miss the destination.
That Luang, located at the end of Lane Xang Road, is a World Cultural Heritage as well as one of the symbols of Laos. It was built in 1566 on the ruins of the 13th-century Indian temple and is also the largest and most beautiful Buddhist shrines in Laos. In the middle of November each year, the important festival of Laotian – That Luang Festival is took place in here. This is also the best time to visit this site.
Located at the corner of Lane Xang Road and Khu Vieng, Talat Sao market is opened from 7am to 4pm daily. It is considered as one of the most attractive to visit and shopping in the Lao capital. There are countless vendors selling foods, electronics, musical instruments, handicrafts,… Visiting the market, you will easily find unique and beautiful souvenirs to get back for families and friends.
Wat Si Muang
Wat Si Muang is known as a sacred temple and the soul of Vientiane capital. The temple is impressive with bright yellow color and quiet space that make tourists feel like they are in the sacred and mysterious world of Buddhism. The interior of the temple is lavishly adorned in the usual manner with carved gold pillar, brightly colored ceiling friezes and painted scenes from the life of Buddha.
About 25km southeast of Vientiane capital, the Buddha Park is a collection of hundreds of Buddhist Hindu, mascots, demons and humans statues. The famous spot to visit is on top of the giant pumpkin structure standing about three stories high. The entrance is crafted to look like a demon’s mouth with a stone ladder inside leading to a bird’s eye view of the entire park.
Wat Sisaket is the temple featuring the largest Buddha statues in Laos with thousands of Buddha statues and ancient book written on palm leaves. Wat Sisaket was built in 1818 under the reign of King Chao Anouvong, along with That Luang and Phra Keo making the trio of the most famous ancient temples in Laos.
Patuxai Victory Monument
Patuxai is located at the end of Lane Xang Road or Thanon Liang on the northeast side of Vientiane. It was built from 1962 to 1968 to honor the soldiers during the war against the French of Laotian. The monument is considered a symbol of Vientiane as well as Laos.
Phra Keo Temple, or Haw Phra Kaew, is a famous pagoda of Vientiane, where royal kings and royals often come to pray. Today, Phra Keo is a large museum containing many works of religious art with unique architecture showing traditional culture of the Lao people.
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