Thursday, 11th February 2016
4 extraordinary monuments to visit in Vientiane
Vientiane is one of the most exciting destinations in the whole of East Asia, offering a wide variety of things to do in some of the world’s most beautiful surroundings.
The capital of Laos is a top destination regardless of whether you are looking to explore the country’s rich history, relax in the sun or take an adventure through glorious exotic surroundings.
To help you plan your stay in the city, here are some great things to do:
1. The Great Sacred Stupa
The Great Sacred Stupa is a gold-covered large Buddhist stupa located in the centre of Vientiane, Laos. It was originally developed in 1566 and has undergone a number of reconstructions because of invasions in the area.
The monument is generally seen as the most important in Laos and has been established as a national symbol for many years. The temple is one of the most well-known icons of Buddhism and national pride.
It is built on three levels that symbolise the ascent from the earth to the sky. The first level is the underworld, while the second level portrays 30 perfections of Buddhism and the third and final level represents the kingdom of heaven. It is truly a stunning sight and offers excellent photo opportunities.
2. Buddha Park
Buddha Park is one of the most unique parks in the world, featuring an array of exceptional sculptures for tourists to explore. It boasts more than 200 statues and a breathtaking 40-metre high Buddha image.
The park was built in 1958 by Luange Pu Bunleau Suillat and has become a key part of buddhist culture for a number of years. The statues are made of reinforced concrete and have really beautiful designs, including gods, animals and demons.
There is even one statue of a giant pumpkin and a vantage point where the full park can be seen with ease, offering fantastic photo opportunities.
3. Chao Anouvong Park
Chao Anouvong Park is a fantastic representation of Laos culture. Situated close to the Mekong River, the area is perfect for sport, walks and shopping. One of the biggest attractions is the statue of King Chao Anouvong.
One of the more recent monuments in the city, the statue was built in 2010 and is based in 14 hectares of delightful green space. With so much to do around the area, Chao Anouvong Park is an excellent option for a delightful day out.
4. Black Stupa
The Black Stupa is one of the most historic monuments in Vientiane and is tied to one of the country’s legends.
Historic speculation suggests that a seven-headed water serpent named a “naga” lived in the location to defend the stupa when it was once covered in pure gold. Another historic rumour is that, in the Siamese-Laotian war, the gold was pillaged and taken to Thailand.