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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 looks too easy, one of the symbolic presence of Vientiane. In the other story that I don't have much, but anyway here I am going recommend. It might be because there is little distance to go by tuk-tuk.
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  • We went on foot from downtown to what is described in the guides as the national symbol which took us about 45 minutes. On olace, we paid the entrance to finally see not what is described in the guide since the site is in the works... We saw it but in my opinion could save the entry price (no rebate of the fact of the work). The boiddha lying outside the site is pretty impressive!
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  • the stupa at sight is definitely bezichtswaardig for lover of pagodas and temples, this stupa was completely in gold herschilders in honor of the visit of Obama but is now again in the scaffolding for renovation roodomrand.
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  • I wish I read the recent reviews. Unless if you want to make an offering to the Buddha inside, it's not worth the 10k kips as the buddha images are all covered up during the renovation work inside. The views outside the walls are just as stunning. Ask or find out first if the renovations are done. Otherwise, the surrounding structures are also worth visiting.
  • Very nice chill area to visit, between the temples and the golden stupa. It' indeed the most important national monument in Laos and the nation symbol. Be aware that the stupa has been under renovation for quite some years, so not much it's visible inside.
  • Great structure. 10.000 kips for 1 ticket. There are have 3 pagodas around the structure.
  • Nice things everywhere, but not so fabulous as i expected. Dont pay 10000 kip for stupa, from outside there is much more beautiful view. You can ride motorbike around, distances from buildings are rather big.
  • As per below reviews, be aware that the stupa and surrounding annexes are still undergoing renovations; after paying the small entrance fee of 10000 kip I was a bit baffled as to how they can really charge, as there is literally nothing to see that can't be seen from outside, I walked around the stupa in 2 minutes and then walked right out again. I guess it was up to me to enter! Also please don't buy the birds in cages outside, I really abhor this practice which I have only seen in Laos. The stupa is impressive.

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Pretty little Vientiane offers a good range of accommodations, with most either mid-range or upmarket hotels by national standards. Close to the riverfront sit the grandest of the bunch, with newly built high-rise hotels and boutiques set in old French colonial buildings. Move away from the water a little to find some standard, unassuming hotels, mixed in with a few more boutiques and high-rises overlooking the prettier plazas and along the main boulevards. For budget options, look at the guesthouses and hostels on the side streets around Rue Setthathilath, but make sure to reserve your room early to avoid disappointment.
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