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Vientiane, the capital of Laos is one of Southeast Asia’s smaller
capitals with a population of just 800.000. A legend say...
Vientiane literally means “City of Sandalwood.”
Its spelling is of French origin and
pronounced “Vieng Chan”
Religion in Laos:
- 70% Theravada Buddhists
- 27% Animism (ancient beliefs)
- 2% Christian
- 1% Muslims
Pha That Luang:
Also known as the ‘Great
Stupa’ or Wat That Luang, it
is the most sacred
monument in Laos and one
of the holiest ones for
...
It is believed that Indian
missionaries sent by King
Ashok around the 3rd century
brought a breastbone of
Buddha to Vienti...
The temple’s base is 69m by 69m and 45m high.
Its stupa can be seen from plenty of surrounding
places.
It has been submitted to the
Tentative List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
The temple has been built in 1818 (restored in 1935) and is
considered as Vientiane’s oldest surviving Buddhist
monastery ...
That Dam
The Black Stupa
Since Vientiane has been destroyed in 1828, it is
believed that a seven headed dragon (Naga) lives
here as a guardian for ...
Wat Haw Phra Kaew:
Built in the 16th century by King
Setthathirat as temple for the
legendary Emerald Buddha figurine
and now serves as museu...
The sacred jade statue has been brought from Chiang Mai,
then the capital of the
kingdom of Lanna, but taken back by the S...
Wat Si Muang:
Buddha Park:
Established in 1958 by a priest-shaman
named Bunleua Sulilat, it portrays over
200 Buddhist and Hindu sculptures.
Boun That Luang Festival:
Laos’ most important festival is held every November for three night and
three days, to pay respect to the stupa of Wat Th...
Welcome to Vientiane!
Photo Sources:
Slide 1 – Wat Si Saket via Flickr by Egui_: http://bit.ly/1nMLo3H
Slide 2 – Lao Culture Centre via flickr b...
Visiting Vientiane - Introduction To The Famous Buddhist Sites
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Vientiane is the capital of Laos and full of Buddhist architectural history. Here is an introduction to the top sights and some history!

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Visiting Vientiane - Introduction To The Famous Buddhist Sites

  1. 1. Vientiane, the capital of Laos is one of Southeast Asia’s smaller capitals with a population of just 800.000. A legend says that the city was created by a dragon named Naga Souvannanak. It was established as capital in 1563 and heavily destroyed by the Siamese in 1828.
  2. 2. Vientiane literally means “City of Sandalwood.” Its spelling is of French origin and pronounced “Vieng Chan”
  3. 3. Religion in Laos: - 70% Theravada Buddhists - 27% Animism (ancient beliefs) - 2% Christian - 1% Muslims
  4. 4. Pha That Luang:
  5. 5. Also known as the ‘Great Stupa’ or Wat That Luang, it is the most sacred monument in Laos and one of the holiest ones for Buddhists.
  6. 6. It is believed that Indian missionaries sent by King Ashok around the 3rd century brought a breastbone of Buddha to Vientiane.
  7. 7. The temple’s base is 69m by 69m and 45m high. Its stupa can be seen from plenty of surrounding places.
  8. 8. It has been submitted to the Tentative List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  9. 9. The temple has been built in 1818 (restored in 1935) and is considered as Vientiane’s oldest surviving Buddhist monastery and one of the few that were not destroyed by the invasion of Siamese armies in 1828, probably due to its Siamese style.
  10. 10. That Dam The Black Stupa
  11. 11. Since Vientiane has been destroyed in 1828, it is believed that a seven headed dragon (Naga) lives here as a guardian for the citizen of the city. The stupa was once covered in pure gold, but pillaged by the Siamese during the Siamese-Lao war, leaving the stupa almost entirely black
  12. 12. Wat Haw Phra Kaew:
  13. 13. Built in the 16th century by King Setthathirat as temple for the legendary Emerald Buddha figurine and now serves as museum.
  14. 14. The sacred jade statue has been brought from Chiang Mai, then the capital of the kingdom of Lanna, but taken back by the Siamese in 1778 and now sits at the Wat Phra Kaew (hence the same name) in Bangkok.
  15. 15. Wat Si Muang:
  16. 16. Buddha Park:
  17. 17. Established in 1958 by a priest-shaman named Bunleua Sulilat, it portrays over 200 Buddhist and Hindu sculptures.
  18. 18. Boun That Luang Festival:
  19. 19. Laos’ most important festival is held every November for three night and three days, to pay respect to the stupa of Wat That Luang and to enjoy the colourful event that includes parades, live music and religious ceremonies.
  20. 20. Welcome to Vientiane!
  21. 21. Photo Sources: Slide 1 – Wat Si Saket via Flickr by Egui_: http://bit.ly/1nMLo3H Slide 2 – Lao Culture Centre via flickr by Daniel Hoherd : http://bit.ly/1oZGkbD Slide 3 - Patuxay via Flickr by Philip Roeland : http://bit.ly/1pdSRH3 Slide 4 - Pha That Luang Gate via Flickr by Matteo : http://bit.ly/1qKjXXx Slide 5 - Pha That Luang at night via Flickr by Matt Werner : http://bit.ly/1nOD2sm Slide 6 - Pha That Luang via Flickr by Mark Bellingham : http://bit.ly/1t8X8xX Slide 7 - Pha That Luang via Flickr by Mark Bellingham : http://bit.ly/1t8X8xX King Ashok via Wikimedia by Live-and-Learn Slide 8 – Pha That Luang via Wikimedia by Jialiang Gao Slide 9 - Pha That Luang via Flickr by FullyFunctnlPhil : http://bit.ly/1qKr6Hj Slide 10 - Wat Si Saket via Flickr by Andrew Newdigate : http://bit.ly/1oMKK2C Slide 11 – Wat Si Saket via Flickr by Anguskirk: http://bit.ly/1nVXUhv Slide 12 - That Dam via Flickr by Lovebooks42 : http://bit.ly/WjYR9g That Dam via Flickr by Andreas Bossard : http://bit.ly/1qi9Ay4 Slide 13 - That Dam via Flickr by Philip Roeland : http://bit.ly/UczJzb Slide 14 - Wat Haw Phra Kaew via Flickr by Dan Searle http://bit.ly/1nHjMIz Slide 15 - Wat Haw Phra Kaew via Flickr by Jay Joslin: http://bit.ly/1rb7qyf Slide 16 - Wat Phra Kaew via Flickr by Baron Reznik :http://bit.ly/1zSWGIR Slide 17 - Wat Si Muang via Flickr by Anannya Deb: http://bit.ly/1qmBqct Slide 18 - Wat Si Muang via Flickr by Anannya Deb : http://bit.ly/1jTPPuc Slide 19 - Buddha Park via Flickr by Andrew Newdigate: http://bit.ly/1mWm9Ly Slide 20 - Buddha Park via Flickr by Hanoi Mark :http://bit.ly/1jzFL99 Slide 21 – That Luang Festival Vientiane Laos via Wikimedia by Jialiang Gao Slide 22 - Boun That Luang Festival via fotopedia : http://bit.ly/Ue2TOQ Slide 23 - The Standing Buddha of Oudamxay via Flickr by Collin Key : http://bit.ly/1rjGPAS Slide 24 – Mekong River via Flickr Collin Key : http://bit.ly/1rjHja4

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