Vientiane Capital – a unique historical kingdom with great attraction to foreign tourists. When visiting Vientiane capital, it will be a remorse if you miss the opportunity to visit the unique places here.
1. Pha That Luang:
End of Lane Xang road is That Luang – the world’s cultural heritage, the national symbol of Laos Theravada Buddhism, is printed on the banknotes and the national emblem of the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos. Pha That Luang or (Pha) That Luang (That Lon in the Lao language) is a Buddhism area (stupa) was built from 1566 on the ruins of the temple of 13th-century India, facade covered by gold. That Luang is the largest and most beautiful tower in Laos. Every year, in mid-November the great national festival as That Luang festival is held. Visiting Tickets : 3.000 Kip/ person.
2. Triumphal Arch Patuxay:
Featuring on Lane Xang Avenue is the Triumphal Arch Patuxay, formerly known as Anou Savary ( unknown soldier station). Triumphal Arch Patuxay is located between the boundaries between Vientiane and That Luang region. Anou Savary Station was created from 1958, the bottom and outside modeled Arc de Triumphe station in Paris, but the top and the inside include the , specific architecture reliefs of Laos. Standing on the top floor of Anou Savary Station we can see the landscape of Vientiane.
3. Talat Sao – early morning market:
Located in the eastern corner of intersection of Lane Xang and Park Street Vieng, the main area in Vientiane capital, this market is opened from 7:00 am to 16:00 pm. This is one point that attracts many tourists to visit and shop in the capital of Laos. In the market, there are many small shops, restaurants, fruit and vegetable stalls, jewelery stalls, silk, handicraft items, musical instruments, electronics, appliances. Talat Sao is the place to gather goods bearing the identity Laos thus they will easily buy a few items like that in order to make gifts for relatives.
4. Wat Si Muang:
In the middle of Setthathilath and Samsenthai streets, there is a temple which best represented the combination of Buddhist faith and primitive beliefs of Laotians. There are many legends related to this temple but a sure thing is that Si Muang is the name of a pregnant woman in 300 years ago. Si Muang temple was built by Laotians to worship and remembrance of her. If coming to Vientiane, you can come here to attend a ceremony, tie around the wrist for good luck, according to the traditional customs of Laos.
5. (Wat) Phra Keo Temple:
Visiting Wat Phra Keo, we seem to be lost in the “art world” by the sculptures, carvings and rare artifacts inlaid by sparkling colors gold, silver, emeralds . Wat Phra Keo not only worship statue, Buddha, but also is a museum displaying many religious artworks of Laos. Vientiane, Wat Phra Keo temple is an important and famous temple, only after That Luang.
6. Wat Sisaket:
Located on Sethathirath road, near Lane Xang Avenu, Wat Sisaket temple has kept intact since the construction in 1818 by Chao Anou king under Siamese Buddhist architecture. Wat Sisaket is impressed by the corridor with walls decorated with more than 2000 Buddha images in bronze, precious wood, ceramics, silver and plated gold. Total Buddha statues in this temple up to 6.840 small and big rare ones.
7. Wat Ong theu:
Also located on Setthathilath road, Wat Ong theu temple is attracted with the largest bronze Buddha statue in Vientiane. Its name means the Big Statue temple. In its precincts, there is the Buddhist shool Sangha where the monks throughout Laos often come here to learn about Buddhism.
8. Garden statue:
Buddha Park is about 25km from the southeast of Vientiane. There are more than 200 statues of Buddhist and Hindu characters made of concrete, featuring giant 40m long hands Buddha statues. Also there are many statues in the likeness of men, gods, animals and demons. You can go inside the buildings with the shape of a giant pumpkin through a demon’s mouth which is nearly 3m height and climb the stairs to visit each floor representing hell, earth and heaven. To come here, you should go by tuk tuk if it is crowded, the price is 70.000 Kip or catch bus No. 45 near the Talat Sao market at price 5.000 kip / person, 20-40 minutes a trip. Tickets to the Buddha Park: 5.000 Kip.