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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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  • We were shown around this holy place by 2 monks in the middle of the day, very hot experience. A ongoing big renovation makes it like you are on a working trip together with a lot of local workers, ma...  more »
  • Some maintenance construction going on around the skirting of the stupa. U have to pay an admission fee to enter. Only activity there is to walk around the stupa which could take 10-15mins (including ...  more »
  • Pha That Luang (Great Golden Stupa) at 45m high, is a rather impressive sight worth visiting at least once when in Vientiane. It is the most important Buddhist monument in Laos and has a history datin...  more »
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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.