Pha That Luang is Laos national icon, sacred site and have a religious meaning for Lao people all over the country.
Located only a few minutes
drive from the main hotels and
guesthouses in Vientiane. It is the main attraction which gives
visitors a deeper understanding of the Buddhist religion in Laos.
Anyone who comes to Vientiane is likely to pay a visit to this place
either to worship or have a snap photo shot of this great, iconic
According to the legend, Pha
That Luang was built in the 3rd
century and later in the mid 16th century was reconstructed by King
Xaiyasetthathirat when he moved the capital from Luang
Prabang to Vientiane. Since then
little was known about this
monument as there are no records in any publications.
In 1828, Pha
That Luang was destroyed by the
along with the rest of the temples and housing in Vientiane. In 1900
under the French colony, That Luang was restored again but not until
1930 when the monument was completely built entirely to its original
That Luang is one of the most
sacred Buddhist temple in Vientiane,
and Lao people believe it contains the remains of Buddha's hair. Every
year Lao people all over the country come here to celebrate That
Luang festival; it's a big
religious event and is a public holidays
King Xaiyasethathirat's statue
That Luang's door
After the victory of the Lao
People Revolutionary Party, That Luang
monument had changed to the new era. The monument was painted with
golden color and extra constructions around the monument grounds have
been built to open more spaces to accommodate bigger and better events.
Major celebrations include new years days, army day and national day
are also held here.
Luang is a national symbol of
the Lao people all
over the country. It symbolizes the peace, unity and the prosperity of
the country. In the past, even though this monument had been destroyed
and damaged by foreign invasion again and again, this monument still
proudly stands shining along side with Lao people.
Every day travelers and
visitors to Vientiane come here to visit the
monument and no one leaves without having a great photo with this
beautiful monument. If you're ever visiting Laos, make sure this place
is on your itinerary. You can find the time table below;
Tuesday to Sunday:
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