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. By using our Vientiane trip planner , you can arrange your visit to Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) and other attractions in Vientiane.
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  • Beautiful temple complex is located close to the Centre. The entrance to the Grand mortar stands for foreigners 10000 Kip. There you can get around in a circle, see photograph. In addition to the stupa in the complex a few more picturesque temples. Well-groomed territory, there are nice. I photographed each temple, every wall, every statue. Be sure to visit all the
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  • A beautiful monument. Many Buddhas in the walls surrounding the stupa. The square, the park surrounding it are well worth it, if only to the basic free to hear crickets in the trees!
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  • Was worth going to see the gold stupa, its very impressive. The site which it is on is free to enter and then you pay an entrance fee to get into the Stupa. There is a reclining Buddha there but its n...  more »
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  • Very nice place to visit... but if you are travelling in afternoon make sure to keep your umbrella as you have to walk around too much near temples and there are four to five small Buddha temple... Also there is an entry fees which is not too much. Inside that campus you will also find village restaurant where you can hire local costume to wear and click some nice pictures...
  • Symbol of Lao is This center call That Luang. Major Buddhist temple and tourist location for foreigners. Have many beautiful temple surrounding That Luang. When Lao new year in mid April This place are pack with over 100 thousands people coming to worship the Buddha.
  • One of the famous place to visit. If you visit Vientiane, Laos, you shouldn't miss the place. Around early Feb, there is the event for 1,000 monks. If you want something special, Must visit see it!
  • Pha That Luang is considered the most holy Buddhist site in Laos. As a photographer I would recommend not going when the sun is at it's highest, hope for some clouds in the sky and try to get some people in the photo to to give the monument some perspective and life.
  • Just another temple to look at, some of the vendors there were interesting. There was a guy with a mobile print station taking portraits for people in front of the temple. In addition to that there were women selling ice cream and some that sold caged birds that you release.
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