Vientiane, Laos

May 03, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

 

Patuxai at NightPatuxai at NightPatuxai is a war monument in the centre of Vientiane, Laos, which was built between 1957 and 1968 and is dedicated to those who fought in the struggle for independence from France.

The monument was built using American funds and used cement that was originally intended to build an airfield during the Vietnam War was used in the structure. The United States had given Laos money to build a new city airport. However, the Laotian government used the money to build the monument instead. As a consequence, the monument is sometimes referred to as the "vertical runway".

Vientiane is the capital and largest city of Laos. It situated just across the Mekong River from Thailand, which can be easily reached via the First Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge.  It was the administrative capital during French rule and is now the economic center of Laos. 

Vientiane is a small city, but hosts numerous interesting tourist sites, including Pha That Luang, Wat Si Muang.  the Patuxai memorial monument, Haw Phra Kaew, Wat Si Saket, and the nearby Buddha Park.

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Wat Si SaketWat Si SaketWat Si Saket is a wat (Buddhist temple) in Vientiane, Laos. It is well known for its collection of Buddha images - more than 10,000 of various sizes.

Wat Si SaketWat Si SaketWat Si Saket is a wat (Buddhist temple) in Vientiane, Laos. It is well known for its collection of Buddha images - more than 10,000 of various sizes.

 

Wat Si Saket is a Buddhist temple in Vientiane, Laos that is well known for its collection of Buddha images - more than 10,000 of various sizes.

Patuxai at NightPatuxai at NightPatuxai is a war monument in the centre of Vientiane, Laos, which was built between 1957 and 1968 and is dedicated to those who fought in the struggle for independence from France.

The monument was built using American funds and used cement that was originally intended to build an airfield during the Vietnam War was used in the structure. The United States had given Laos money to build a new city airport. However, the Laotian government used the money to build the monument instead. As a consequence, the monument is sometimes referred to as the "vertical runway".

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Patuxai at NightPatuxai at NightPatuxai is a war monument in the centre of Vientiane, Laos, which was built between 1957 and 1968 and is dedicated to those who fought in the struggle for independence from France.

The monument was built using American funds and used cement that was originally intended to build an airfield during the Vietnam War was used in the structure. The United States had given Laos money to build a new city airport. However, the Laotian government used the money to build the monument instead. As a consequence, the monument is sometimes referred to as the "vertical runway".

A few nighttime views of the Patuxai monument in the centre of Vientiane, Laos. The monument was built between 1957 and 1968 and is dedicated to those who fought in the struggle for independence from France.

King Anouvong OfferingsKing Anouvong OfferingsFlowers and candles left as offerings at the newly unveiled statue of King Anouvong in Vientiane, Laos. The statue sits in Chao Anouvong Park, created to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the founding of Vientiane.

Flowers and candles left as offerings at the newly unveiled (in 2010) statue of King Anouvong in Vientiane, Laos. The statue sits in Chao Anouvong Park, created to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the founding of Vientiane.

Buddha ParkBuddha ParkSome of the more than 200 statues at the Buddha Park, also known as Xieng Khuan, outside of Vientiane, Laos.
Buddha ParkBuddha ParkSome of the more than 200 statues at the Buddha Park, also known as Xieng Khuan, outside of Vientiane, Laos.

Buddha ParkBuddha ParkSome of the more than 200 statues at the Buddha Park, also known as Xieng Khuan, outside of Vientiane, Laos.

Some of the more than 200 statues at the Buddha Park, also known as Xieng Khuan, outside of Vientiane, Laos.


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