The city of Vientiane stretches for several kilometres in the midst of a lush landscape on the banks of the Mekong River, which forms the country's border with Thailand. It has been the capital of the Lao People's Democratic Republic since 1975. We visited the most important sights.
That Luang, National Shrine of Laos and Wat Chanthaburi
In the evening we walked along the banks of the Mekong to a restaurant from whose terrace we could see the river and the night market..
The temple Wat Ongtü was at the beginning of the sightseeing programme in Vientiane.
Haw Phra Kaew is one of the oldest temples in Vientiane. It was built in 1565 under King Setthathirath as a home for the Emerald Buddha, which is now in Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok. In the course of the wars against neighbouring Siam, the temple was destroyed several times. The French colonialists reconstructed the temple in a Bangkok Rococo style dating from the 1920s. The interior of the temple now houses a museum.
The monument to King Setthatirath stands in front of the great golden royal stupa That Luang. He looks like a Tyrolean mountaineer. Instead of a pick, he has a sabre in his hand.
Corresponding to the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Élysées, the Pathou Xai stands here. You can climb up and enjoy the panoramic view of the city.
Wat Si Saket is famous for its walkway with thousands of small Buddha statues and hundreds of seated Buddhas. These statues mainly date from the 16th and 19th centuries. They vary in size and are made of wood, stone, silver, bronze or clay.
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