Vientiane, Laos is famous for unique historical monuments that draw the attention of the tourists from a lot of places. Coming here, you should not miss the opportunity to visit the tourist attractions in Vientiane, Laos such as Patuxai Victory Monument, Pha That Luang, Buddha park, Wat Pra Keo, Wat Sisaket and Wat Ong Teu.
Patuxai Victory Monument
Located on Lane Xang boulevard is the Patuxai Victory Monument, formerly known as Anou Savary. This monument is located on the border of Vientiane and That Luang.
The Anou Savary was built in 1958, the lower and outside parts were designed according to Arc de Triomphe in Paris, but the upper and inside parts were the typical Lao architectural features. Standing on the highest floor of Anou Savary, we can see the whole landscape of Vientiane.
Pha That Luang
At the end of Lane Xang is That Luang – a world cultural heritage, a symbol of the Laos that follows Hinayana. Pha That Luang is printed on the Lao paper money and the emblem of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
That Luang or Pha That Luang is a Buddhist stupa built in 1566 on the ruins of the Indian temple in the 13th century. The outer face is inlaid with gold.
That Luang is the largest and the most beautiful sarina tower in Laos. Every year, in mid-November, the national festival named That Luang is held. The entrance ticket costs 3,000 Kip a person.
The Buddha Park in Xieng Khuan is 25 kilometers from Vientiane to the southeast. Here there are more than 200 Buddha statues and Hindu characters made of concrete. The most outstanding statue is a statue of Buddha with the length of 40 meters leaning against the elbow on the thigh.
Additionally, there are also statues of people, gods, animals and demons. You can go inside the giant pumpkin-shaped construction through a 3-meter demon mouth and climb the stairs to visit each floor symbolizing Hell, Earth and Paradise.
To get here, you should go by tuk-tuk at a cost of 70,000 Kip or catch the bus number 45 near Talat Sao market with the price of 5,000 Kip per person. You have to wait for 20 to 40 minutes for a turn. The ticket to visit Buddha Park costs 5,000 Kip.
Wat Phra Keo
Phra Keo Pagoda can be compared to the world of art. This place is filled with sculptures, carvings and precious objects. The most special thing is that all of them are inlaid with gold, silver and colorful jade.
Wat Phra Keo not only worships Buddha but also is a museum showing many artworks of Lao religion. In Vientiane, Wat Phra Keo is an important and famous pagoda that is just ranked after That Luang.
Situated on Sethathirath street and close to Lane Xang boulevard, Wat Sisaket followed Siamese Buddhist architecture and was originally built in 1818 by the King Chao Anou. Until now, the pagoda still maintains original features.
Wat Sisaket is impressive by the corridors and the walls decorated with over 2,000 images of Buddha statues made of bronze, precious wood, ceramics or inlaid with gold and silver. The total number of Buddha statues at the pagoda is up to 6,840.
Wat Ong Teu
Located on Setthathilath, Wat Ong Teu is attracted by the largest bronze Buddha statue in Vientiane. The name of Wat Ong Teu means Temple of the Heavy Statue. Within the temple is the Sangha Buddhist school, where monks from all over Laos often come to study Buddhism.
There are not too many tourist attractions in Vientiane in particular and Laos in general. Coming here, tourists mainly visit spiritual sites. If you desire to escape from the noisy atmosphere of the urban area, Vientiane, Laos is the best choice. You are always welcomed by the local people who are friendly and hospitable.