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Patuxai

Vientiane, Laos
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Ranked #9 of 32 Attractions in Vientiane
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Observation Decks/ Towers
Description: 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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Adelaide, Australia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

It really is a great photo opportunity. A sign plaed inside the archway describes the monument as a 'Concrete Monster' but it is not that bad, very unique and certainly something to identify Vientiane with.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

The famous Patuxay has a bit of history. The concrete was given by the Americans to the Laotian government for the building of a new runway for the airport. Some sort of payment for bombing the hell out of the country even though they were not at war??? But the people of Lao made an monument to their previous French... More

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Madison, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Patuxai is beautiful! I've never been to France but a friend told me that this one is even more beautiful than the Arc de Triomphe in Paris! The details are amazing! The roof is beautiful, colorful. It is very nice to take a picture when the big fountain is working, with the Patuxai behind it :D

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

They say that you haven't really visited Laos if you did not have your picture taken on the famous Patuxay. This concrete hulk of a monument is definitely one of the best places to see in town and it is very accessible and convenient to reach. The views of the city on the seventh floor is great and there are... More

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Ko Chang Tai, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This place is the landmark of Vientiane,I like the view from the top,also the garden and pool are very nice

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

As you know in the 1960s, the Americans gave cement to construct a new airport ( for militairy purpose). Instead the Lao government used the cement to construct an Arc de Triomphe. And indeed when you are in front of the Presidential Palace and look over the Thanon Lang Xang ( a kind of Champs Elysees ) you see at... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

It's very incredible building & great symbol of Vientaine, Laos. From upstairs, you can see a beautiful view of Vientaine.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The interior decorations of the Arc is very impressive considering that the Patuxai is actually never complete. Good view of the city from the top.

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Kathmandu, Nepal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Patuxai Monument is a beautiful place . Good exercise to climb up though . Displaying Colonial Architecture . Fountain next and the Global Peace Dong is interesting too ..

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Vientiane, Laos
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Sometimes referred to as "the vertical runway" - Look it up, hilarious story if it is true. Patuxay Monument is a must see attraction in Vientiane. Climb to the top and on a clear day have very scenic views.

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