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Pha That Luang

Vientiane Attractions

Pha That Luang is a sacred monument and one of Laos’ most impressive religious structures. Its foundation dates back to the 3rd century to house a breastbone of Buddha, which was brought to Laos by an Indian missionary.  

The current structure was built by King Setthathirat in in 1566, after Vientiane became the capital of Laos. A statue of the former Lao king stands in front of the main entrance. Standing at 44 metres, Pha That Luang has a pinnacle covered in real gold, with a set of painted turrets surrounding its central stupa. 

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That Luang Festival, one of the most important Buddhist celebrations in Laos, take place every October and November. There are plenty of parades, traditional performances, and religious ceremonies held over the course of 3 days (and nights).

Located 4 km northeast of central Vientiane, it’s easily reachable by tuk-tuk or bicycle (which you can rent from most guesthouses in the city).

Pha That Luang

  • Opening Hours: 24/7
  • Location: Vientiane, Laos
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