Vientiane, Laos- Land of the Temples (part 2)

Pha That Luang - the symbol of Laos

Wat That Luang (Pha That Luang), also known as the Golden Temple in Vientiane ,was built in the sixteenth century on the ruins of a Khmer-style temple. By the nineteenth century, the Thai’s temple was devastated, but it was restored right after that. The temple also was regarded as a stupa, a monument or a sacred relic tower.

Vientiane, Laos- Land of the Temples (part 2)
Pha That Luang - the symbol of Laos
The pagoda is 30 meters high, and is located on a hill about 3 kilometers from the center of Vientiane to the north. The temple combines Buddhism and kingship, a royal symbol of the city of Vientiane, a structural construction and a national symbol of Laos printed on banknotes and emblem. The temple is the convergence of many cultural features in Laotian style. Each floor of the temple contains many different unique architectural elements designed to illustrate the Buddhist religion.

Vientiane, Laos- Land of the Temples (part 2)
The main stupa of Pha That Luang
That Luang is the center architecture of Pha That Luang temple and is one of the largest Buddhist stupas in Laos. Pha That Luang includes the 45 meter high main tower surrounded by sub-towers, and is painted and gilded. According to legend, the tower has preserved relics of the Buddha which are a hairpiece and many jewels. The base of the central block is a square shaped lotus with yellow petals blooming in four sides.

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Vientiane, Laos- Land of the Temples (part 2)
Monks in Pha That Luang
Wat Si Saket - The temple having the highest number of old Buddha statues in Laos

Wat Si Saket, one of the oldest temple in Vientiane, was built in 1818 by king Chao Anouvong. The temple has many ancient Buddhist statues with high artistic value, dating from the sixteenth century to nineteenth century. The temple is located on Sethathirath street, at the corner of Lane Xang Avenue, Vientiane. Apart from the values of culture, landscape, the temple also attracts visitors with 6,840 statues casted from valuable bronze, some of them were gilded copper. With this number of statue, this is the temple owning the most Buddha statues in Laos.

A block in Si Saket temple
Coming to Si Saket, visitors can not forget the feeling when visiting the Buddha statues located left edge of the temple, which contains hundreds of big and small Buddha statues. Some statues have only the body , some lose hands or legs, some only have the base, but all have a common point is that the loses their head. The statues which are not intact hide a message of loving peace of this kingdom. That is, unlike the statues at My Son Sanctuary, when leaving this land, Cham people decapitated the statues and took with them, the lost head statues in Si Saket were mostly due to the war and the enemy considered them the valuable booty. After the peace was gained, although temple is built, new statues were sculpted, the demolished statues have been kept intact and exhibited in the temple with the implicature to remind descendants of the unjust war. For Laos, Buddhism is the national religion. Si Saket is one of the symbols of Buddhism in this peaceful country.

The old demolished Buddha statues in Wat Si Saket
And new statues
Experience Vientiane, we are like to get lost in the world of temples and a peaceful capital of the country of elephants. The sacred and majestic temples seems to want to remind us of inclining to the good, of the spirit of harmony and build. That is also the identity of the beautiful Laos, a country on the road of innovation.

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