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Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang), Vientiane

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An impressive but slender 45 m (148 ft) gilded structure surrounded by high walls, Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) imposes itself with its beauty as a symbol of Lao-style Buddhism. A national symbol, which made it on the country’s official seal, the complex is believed to enshrine a breast bone of Buddha brought by a Hindu missionary sent by King Ashoka as early as the third century CE. This most revered national monument features a huge statue of a gilt reclining Buddha, and a statue of King Setthathirath, the founder of the present-day stupa built in 1566, erected in front of the main entrance. The complex lies some 4 km (2.5 mi) north of Vientinane. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) by using our Vientiane trip itinerary planner.
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  • It is a large pagoda, symbol of Vientiane and only in Laos. Much less nice than we are in Myanmar. Still to be seen. Overall there are the monastery and the big buddha lying down.
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  • Monument to see, national symbol even if there is little interest to be seen up close. For the most beautiful effect Visual to see when the Sun is dull. The most interesting being the temples all around beautiful architecture and impressive details. The ceilings are painted with impressive frescoes and all in a nice Park with trees and almost always in bloom with a lot of different frangipani between other species. Very nice for a walk relaxation :) A small tourist market selling memories and tissues is installed this year on the rear replacing the local market where we could find to eat and drink before...
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  • Pay 10 k to see the scaffolding. Incredibly disappointing and not worth to see up close. Again, the photos in Laos better than reality.
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  • The grate place to stop . The golden stupa with the long history. Loas beleive the breadtbone of bhudda were here. Suthu
  • Stupa is currently undergoing repairs so is completely covered in scaffolding. The other buildings around it are nice and so is the gardens. Good place to cool off out of the sun.
  • Infra Red photography at Pha That Luang. Camera D70s with 18-70mm lens, f11, 1s exp, ISO 200, all photos taken in Raw mode on a tripod with IR timer. Filters 720nm & 830nm processing in Gimp 2.8 & Silver Efex Pro 2. Not the best day to take infrared photos, cloudy day!!
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  • It is worth a stop. Sadly, it's been repainted in a gaudy gold paint which makes it look cheap, very unfortunate. The other structures next to it are more attractive.