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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. 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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  • Main stupa is possible to be visited only by walking around it in a gated compound. Its golden colour radiates out. Outside it, there are also other interesting temples and Buddhist buildings. Plus a....  more
    Main stupa is possible to be visited only by walking around it in a gated compound. Its golden colour radiates out. Outside it, there are also other interesting temples and Buddhist buildings. Plus a....  more »
  • We got a tuk tuk here as it is not in the centre of the city and walked back.Itis probably one of the best Wats and it has about twenty stalls in front of it with some great shopping for handicrafts.....  more
    We got a tuk tuk here as it is not in the centre of the city and walked back.Itis probably one of the best Wats and it has about twenty stalls in front of it with some great shopping for handicrafts.....  more »
  • One benefit of low tourism is not busy tourist sites. We enjoyed the visit to the stupa. There were few tourists, some local people which made for a great visit. Visit at sunset to enjoy the sun... 
    One benefit of low tourism is not busy tourist sites. We enjoyed the visit to the stupa. There were few tourists, some local people which made for a great visit. Visit at sunset to enjoy the sun...  more »
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  • Nice place to visit in Vientiane not much tourist here. I like painting there telling about the history and invasion of the stupa. Overall it was worth visiting place and giant sleep Buddha was worth seeing. Ticket is 30k for foreigner and for local it's 5k.
  • That Luang is the national symbol and most important religious monument of Laos. Foreigners entrance fee 30,000 kip & locals 10,0000 kip. The temple is wonderful, pretty well maintained. For three days during the full moon of the twelfth lunar month (November) you can enjoy the most important festival in Vientiane: the Theravada Buddhists festival. I’d definitely recommend visiting this place
  • A beautiful Buddhist monument. To enter, whether you are a foreigner or a Laotian, you have to pay a not very expensive ticket. I recommend you go and see it!
  • Place is nice. You should visit it during Sunrise or sunset. Birds are sold outside to take a picture while they are relised. don’t buy them.
  • Pha That Luang, or the great Supta, was built in the 16th century when the king relocated their ancient capital from Luang Prabang to Vientiane. It's worthwhile to pay a visit to this remaining supta and their 2 temples.

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