Around Asia: Vientiane, Laos

May 21, 2013 Mango Tours 0 Comments


Nestled on the arc of the Mekong River, Vientiane is the capital and economic center of Laos. It is a small city that flaunts quaint views of old-world temples, roadside gardens and trees, French colonial mansions, and food stalls.  This city shows off an irresistible charm and calm character, offering countless of discoveries and cultural surprises for all Wandering upon this city can easily be done on foot, by biking, or by hiring a song-teow. 

Locally known as “the city of sandalwood”, Vientiane is a city with big, infinite dreams to grow further and become one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the world. Here are some of the must-see attractions one must not miss to visit when in Vientiane:

Buddha Park

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Buddha Park, locally known as Xieng Khuan, is one of the prominent attractions in Vientiane. Built in 1958 by Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat, the park has over 200 religious statues showcasing both Buddha and Hindu gods. Some of its highlights include the 40-metre reclining Buddha image, Indra, the king of Hindu gods riding the three-headed elephant, and an arty god with 12 faces and many hands which hold different interesting objects.

Wat Sisaket

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Wat Sisaket is renowned for its gallery showcasing thousands of tiny Buddha imagery and hundreds of seated Buddhas dating back from 16th and 19th century. These Buddhas are made mainly from wood, stone, and bronze. Apart from these fascinating display of Buddhas, Wat Sisaket is also among the most beautiful places in Vientiane, boasting of beautiful 18th century old architectural structures, combining the Khmer, Burmese and Laotian styles.

That Luang Stupa

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That Luang Stupa is Laos’ national symbol and known as its most sacred monument. According to local beliefs, That Luang was first built in the 3rd century by an Indian missionary and in the year 1566, King Setthathirat built its current structure. However, That Luang was greatly damage during invasions in the 18th century. Its restoration was completed in 1900 and 1930 with the help of the French. Today, a stylishly crafted statue of King Setthathirat stands in front of the main entrance of That Luang, providing visitors a glimpse of its rich history.

Lao National Museum

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Learn the rich story behind the culture, history, and people of Laos by visiting the Lao National Museum. It showcases interesting exhibits of the country’s old artifacts, photographs, archeological wonders, pottery, and Khmer sculptures – providing its visitors with the glimpse of the country’s early historical and cultural highlights.

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