11 Most Popular Attraction in Vientiane Laos
Vientiane is the largest city and is the capital of Laos. Laos is the only country that has no ocean area in southeast Asia, but its territory is traversed by the Mekong river sourced from China. Laos is also famous for its free and wild elephants.
Despite being the largest city in Laos, Vientiane is not as busy as other major cities in Southeast Asia. The city is also highly recommended if you visit tourist attractions in Laos. The city has buildings with architectures that are influenced by beautiful French buildings, combined with exotic Buddhist temples as well as their natural beauty which is equally beautiful with other Southeast Asian countries. And here we present tourist attractions in Vientiane Laos that you must visit.
Patuxai or Victory Gate is a building similar to the Virtues Arc de Triomphe+ which is one of the popular tourist attractions in France. It was founded in Lang Xang Avenue, precisely opposite the Lao presidential palace. Surrounded by a beautiful park, where Patuxai was completed in 1968 with cement donated by the US which was previously intended for the construction of a new airport. Patuxai was built to commemorate the people who died in the pre-revolutionary war. Patxai is currently used as a tourist spot that you can visit by paying an entry fee of 3000 Laos kip, to be able to go upstairs and enjoy the beauty of the city of Vientiane.
Pha That Luang
Pha That Luang or a golden stupa is a tourist spot in Laos and the most important national monument in Laos. This monument is also a symbol of Buddhism and also a symbol of Lao sovereignty. According to the Legend, Pha That Luang was founded by an Ashoka Indian in the 3rd century BC, where, in its construction, a Buddha’s breastbone was as early as. Pha That Luang is about 4 km northeast of the center of Vientiane.
In front of this golden stupa is a statue of Lao military leader, Setthathirath. During the 1560s until his death, he succeeded in defending his kingdom Lan Xang against the military campaign of the Conqueror of Burma Bayinnaung, who had conquered Xieng Mai in 1558 and Ayutthaya in 1564.
Wat Si Saket
Built between 1819 and 1824 by Chao Anou, Wat Si Saket is believed to be the oldest Buddhist temple still used in Vientiane. Wat Si Saket is located across Ho Phra Keo and there are more than 2,000 collections of Buddha statues that can be found along the way around the temple. There is also a museum on the temple grounds, and many fruit trees can be enjoyed to relax. Along the west side of the temple there is a pile of damaged Buddhist statues which were caused during the Laos Revolt in 1828.
Vat That Khao
Located along Fa Ngum Quay, across the road from the Royal Park and Don Chan Palace. This Buddhist temple has a giant Buddhist buddha statue and is the largest in the Vientine region. Although only a giant Buddhist statue is the main attraction of this temple, you can still feel the calm and peace at the temple of Vat That Khao.
COPE Visitor Centre
Located on Khou vieng street, COPE (Cooperative Orthotic & Prosthetic Enterprise) is a place for the development of artificial limbs and walking aids in Laos. COPE Visitoe center offers a variety of interesting and informative multimedia exhibits about UXO prosthetics and weapons.
And the COPE Visitor center also shows the dark history of the Lao Civil War and 260 million bombs dropped in Laos from 1964 to 1973. COPE provides artificial legs and rehabilitation for people, who have lost limbs due to UXO.
Ho Phra Keo/Haw Phra Kaew
Haw Phra Kaew is a former Buddhist temple that was converted into a museum, where the museum is used to store Buddhist relics. It was originally built in the 1560s, where an Emerald Buddha was placed in this temple for more than 200 years.
At present the Buddha was taken to Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok when the Kingdom of Siam invaded Vientiane in 1779. Ho Phraw Keo is located across the road from Wat Si Saket. The main room of the museum contains various Khmer carvings, Lao Buddhas, and relics from temples around the city.
Xieng Khuan is a Buddhist park located about 26 kilometers southeast of Vientiane. This park located on the river bank contains more than 200 Buddhist and Hindu concrete statues.
These statues were built in 1958 by Luang Phu Bounleua Soulilat, who fled Laos in 1975 when the Communist party took over the government. Xieng Shuan is open from 8am to 5pm with only 5000 Kip.
Located on the Chantha Khoumane road, which is not far from the quiet downtown Vientiane. That Dam is a historic building in Laos where in laos means the Black Stupa, which was dubbed to commemorate siam invasion in 1828.
According to legend, That Dam is said to be the place where the seven-headed dragon snake protects Vientiane residents to stay. This brick stupa was once coated with gold, however, the Siamese took it, when they invaded Vientiane in 1828.
Wat Si Muang
Wat Si Muang is one of the most beautiful temples in Vientiane. A popular story tells of a pregnant woman who sacrificed herself to appease angry spirits by jumping into a pit, where a large city pillar shrine or Lak Mueang was placed. There are duplicates of the Buddha Pha Kaeo statue like the Buddha emerald statue at Wat Phraw Kaew, which is currently also one of the mainstays of tourist attractions in Thailand.
But the Statue of Eden Buddha at Wat Si Muang has a smaller size than the statue that is in Phraw Kaew wat. Wat Si Muang is still actively used to pray. There are pillars behind this temple, which are believed to period from the Khmer kingdom. This shows that this temple has been used as a place of worship for more than 1,000 years.
Kaysone Phomvihane Memorial Museum
Kaysone Phomvilhane Memorial Museum is a monument in honor of the leader of the communist revolution and former Laos PDR President, Kaysone Pomivian. The museum consists of two floors, which contain information and artifacts about Laos’s revolutionary history and Kaysone’s life. Outside the museum there are several statues, one of which is a bronze phonvian kaysone statue. Up front is flanked by large statues in the Heroic style of Socialism, complete with members of various ethnic groups and athlete.
Nam Ngum Dam
Nam Ngum itself means beautiful water, where Nam Ngum is the name of a Dam. This dam is used by the Loas government as a hydropower plant. Where hydropower is one of Laos’s main exports. On this largest lake in Laos, you can take a boat ride, fishing and swimming.
Wat Ong Teu
This temple is one of the most important temples in Laos. It was built in the middle of the 16th century by King Setthathirat, where it was used for religious purposes in the 3rd century. However, almost like other temples in Vientiane, Wat Oung teu mehawihan was also destroyed by the Siamese people, then rebuilt in the 20th century.
Houey Hong Vocational Training Center for Women
Disini adalah tempat pelatihan menenun menggunakan alat tenun tradisional bagi wanita Laos. Kamu dapat mempelajari cara mewarnai tekstil menggunakan pigmen alami dan kemudian menenunnya di atas alat tenun tradisional. Visitors can take a guided tour (25,000K) or partake in the dyeing process (100,000K, two hours, one scarf) or weaving (250,000K, whole day).
Phou Khoun Observation Site
If you want to stay away from the city for a while, try Phou Khoun Observation. Here you can enjoy fabulous views of rolling hills and green forests. Most tourists from Vientiane will stop here before going to Vang Vieng.