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Address: Vientiane, Laos
Description: The "Victory Gate" of the city was built in 1962 out of U.S.-purchased...
The "Victory Gate" of the city was built in 1962 out of U.S.-purchased cement that was intended for a new airport.
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Nice arch

the victory is is very pretty. The climb to the top gives a nice view of the city and surrounding area. The mosaic work on the inside of the arch is very pretty. We did not expect... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

the victory is is very pretty. The climb to the top gives a nice view of the city and surrounding area. The mosaic work on the inside of the arch is very pretty. We did not expect all the vendors on the upper levels on the inside. When you know it's a tourist trap it makes it a bit easier.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

From afar, it looks like Champ Elysee in a middle of a grand avenue. Clip on top of this monument to have a better view of the whole city.

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Kerrobert, Canada
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This monument has an interesting history to it and it is an easy walk to see. I beleive there is a fee to go to the top but we didnt take the trip up. Also the fountains were not running and looked like they had not been going for some time so that was sad because I think it would... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

It is a must visit once you are in Vientiane. Go to the top and view 360 angle for a good look at the city. Early morning or late afternoon is the best time or otherwise stay under the arch. For Architecture obviously cannot compare to real one in France but it is the best thing there is in South... More 

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Caerphilly, United Kingdom
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Great views from the top, admission price very cheap, 3000 kip each , around 25 pence. Shops are on each level, selling tourist items.looks good from the outside and a pleasant way to spend some time in Vientienne. Best part in my opinion is under the arch, which has a well decorated ceiling, in th eLaos style . Would recommend... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

You have the visit the place if you are in Vientiane. But, don't expect much. I wish they would keep the gardens surrounding the monument in good condition, then the part itself would be a nice visit.

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Greensboro
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This isn't the most beautiful monument I've ever seen, but worth the $0.35 admission price. Look up under the arch and you see a pretty dome. Climb up to the top for a great view of the city. At each level, there are souvenir shops inside. Even if you aren't interested in shopping, they are are respite from the heat.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

If you are in Vientiane, you could drive by. Interesting paintings on the inner roof. Not much else to see in Vientiane.

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Chaiyaphum Province, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Interesting history regarding the building of the arch. The money and cement were supplied by the USA for the building of a new airport, but the government of the day considered the money would be better spent on building the arch. Interesting architecture . Take the climb to the top for panoramic views of Vientiane . Definitely worth a visit.

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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is not the most outstanding place to visit in the world but it is a highlight of the city. Arrive early in the morning to avoid the bus loads of people. Rent a motorbike for 70K Kip and do all of Vientiane by yourself. Some places are a little difficult to find but this is the easiest to find... More 

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