Inside Asia Tours: Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos

Wat Phou Temple

Pay a visit to the UNESCO protected Angkorian Temple of Wat Phou.

The Angkorian Empire dominated much of Southeast Asia from the 10th to 14th century, stretching from Cambodia through southern Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wat Phou is the most famous of the Angkor ruins situated in Laos.

Ancient stone inscriptions found at the complex, describe how it was first built in the 5th century, its gradually began to fall into ruins, before it was finally restored to its former glory in the early 11th century. The temple was further expanded in the 12th and 13th century, with the addition of a new section designed to support the east-west axis, which runs from the foot of a dramatic hillside known as Mount Phou Nak, to the impressive Pathan Palace.

The temple was constructed in three levels: the bottom level is focused on the baray (water reservoir) and promenade, the second level features pavilions and galleries of carvings, and the top level is the sanctuary. This site served as the most important economic and political centre of the region and still is one of the Lao people's most revered temples.

Wat Phou Temple

located in Champasak

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