Vat Pha That Luang - Symbol of Laos
View of two Thai monks sitting on the base of the Vat Pha That Luang, Vientiane, Laos.
That Luang, or the Great Stupa, in Vientiane is a national symbol - its image is on Laos’ official seal - and also the most sacred monument in the country.
From the outside That Luang looks more like a fortress surrounded by high walls an it features two temples with the main stupa, the top of which is covered with gold leaf.
King Setthathirath built this great sacred stupa in 1566. Its central structure is 45 meters tall and echoes the curving lines of an elongated lotus. The original stupa was said to contain relics of Lord Buddha.
The beautiful architecture is in Lao style, influenced by Buddhist beliefs-these include finely-gilded, red-lacquer doors, pointed lesser stupas, many Buddha images and beautiful flower and animal images.....