Being one of ASEA nations, Laos is known for its temples with the unique architecture and it also is nicknamed as the “Land of a million elephants”. The most captivating destinations of this country are Luang Prabang, Vientiane- its capital, Vang Vieng town with the breathtaking scenery and many interesting adventure tours. In addition, Plain of Jars- a megalithic archaeological landscape in Phonesavanh (Xiangkhoang Province), Pakse and its surrounding area in the South of Laos are tourist attractions visitors should not miss.
1. Vientiane- Laos capital
Having a history stretching around 1000 AD and located in the banks of the Mekong River, Vientiane was established by the development of the surrounding plains and became the capital of Laos in the middle of the 16th century. This capital is also home to many important national monuments of Laos such as: Sisaket temple, That Luang Stupa, ect.
Some tourist attractions of Vientiane:
Wat Sisaket Temple
Built in 1818, it is one of the oldest temples in Vientiane. It is located in the center of the old city where it was built in 1818 by King Anouvong. Inside the hall, the yard has hundreds of small houses and shelves containing a total of 6840 Buddha statues.
That Luang Stupa
It was first built in 236 of the Buddhist calendar (307 BC), by the first envoy of Vientiane, Phaya Chanthabouri Pasitthisack. The Great Stupa is like a furnace with about 9 meters in height and 10 meters in width. It was riginally built in 1566 by King Saysetthathirath, and restored in 1953. This golden stupa is 45 meters in height and is thought to contain a relic of the Buddha. The golden center of this stupa repeats the curves of a prolonged Lotus. Today That Luang Stupa is the most important cultural relic of the country.
Hor Pha keo Museum
Originally, this ancient temple was built in 1565 by King Sayasetthathirath and was used to make the Jade Buddha (1565-1779). It was rebuilt in 1936. In 1970 the temple was converted from a sanctuary into a museum. And now it’s a museum that contains many national collections, Buddhist sculptures and many artifacts. From the terrace of Ho Pra Keo, travelers can have a compelling panoramic view of the Presidential Palace (formerly the Royal Palace).