Vientiane, the capital city of Laos is an attractive destination for many travelers in the world. Here you will have a great opportunity to visit numerous unique historical sites belonging to Buddhism as the most Vientiane famous attractions in this Kingdom of a Million Elephants.
1. Buddha Park (Xieng Khuan)
Located about 25km Southeast from Vientiane, Buddha Park or Xieng Khuan is known for more than 200 statues belonging to Buddhism and Hinduism, which were made of reinforced concrete. Coming to the park, you will feel the talent of artisans when admiring the lively concrete statues with different forms and sizes in the images of human, gods, animals and even demons, etc.
Especially you will be impressed by the huge reclining Buddha statue with 40m long, the outstanding concrete statue in the park and another impressive art architecture work is Am Phu cave in the shape of huge pumpkin depicting Hell, Earth, and Heaven. You can get into the cave through a door which is a mouth of 3-metre- tall demon head and climb staircases from hell to heaven. Inside the park, you will numerous unique sculptures describing about the levels.
How to Get to Buddha Park
If you travel with the group of people, tuk – tuk is the proper transportation with the price of 70.000 Kip or get a bus number 45 near Talat Sao with the price of 5.000 Kip/person. The admission fee is 5.000 Kip.
2. That Luang Temple
That Luang – Vientiane Great Stupa, which is the renowned temple in Laos as well as the symbol nation expressing the distinctive Laotian culture. You will see the image of this temple on the Laos currency and its national emblem. That Luang was designed in the special architecture like the shape of a decanter. It was built in 1566 under the reign of King Setthathirat on the ruin of the old Indian temple and gold plated outside. As the legend, That Luang contained the relics of Buddha as well as many treasures.
Particularly, if you travel in November, you will also have a chance to take part in big national festival – That Luang festival annually. The entrance fee for sightseeing is 3.000 Kip/person.
3. Phra Keo Temple
Phra Keo Temple nowadays is the great museum displaying Laotian’s religious artwork. Visiting Phra Keo, you will be overwhelmed by the impressive sculptures, carvings and rare artifacts. All of them are plated with gold, silver and sparkling precious stone.
It was built in 1565 under the dynasty of King Sai Setthathirat and considered one of the most important temples in Laos just behind That Luang temple. In 1828, the temple was destroyed due to the Siamese invasion and then rebuilt in the period from 1936 to 1942 in the Bangkok-rococo style mixing with Laotian culture.
4. Wat Sisaket Temple
Along with That Luang temple and Phra Keo temple, Wat Sisaket is also one of the most oldest and famous temple in Laos, which retains its original appearance. It was built in the Siamese style in 1818 under the reign of King Chao Anouvong with the spacious campus, reddish-brown tiles.
The temple makes a strong impression by more than 10.000 different Buddha statues and it is known as the library containing many ancient books of Buddhist philosophy as well as palm leaf manuscripts.
5. Wat Ong Teu Temple
Wat Ong Teu Temple is famous for the huge Buddha statue, Phra Ong Teu made of bronze. Therefore it is called Temple of the Heavy Buddha.
On the campus of the temple, there is Buddhist school, Sangha where monks in the whole country come for learning about Buddhism.
The temple was built in the dynasty of King Settathirat I during the 16th century, the flourishing time of Buddhism in Laos.