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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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A nice monument in the middle of the city of Vientiane. You can climb up the monument and see the whole park from the top. It is beautiful.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

A nice monument in the middle of the city of Vientiane. You can climb up the monument and see the whole park from the top. It is beautiful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Impressive looking from a distance, however once you get up close it's kind of ugly - it just looks like lots of concrete slabs. The grounds around it are very nice, with plenty of fountains and flowers it's a nice place to relax. It's worth spending the few kip to go up the top (10k I think). Great views of... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

From a distance this structure looks impressive but on closer inspection its not so nice. But climb up the stairs and you will be rewarded with great views of this lovely city. Located on the Lane Xang road.

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New York City, New York
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

I passed this monument on my way from the expat neighborhood to the golden stupa. It's pretty. It looks a lot like the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, although the architecture is thoroughly Lao. If you go to the Golden Stupa you will likely pass this, so it's worth stopping for a few moments and snapping a couple of photos.

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Toowoomba, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

In the middle of a busy roundabout, this structure stands tall and quite unique in it's way. We didn't climb up but it a great sight from the outside with its French-Indo design. Worth a look

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Tanah Rata, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

It is quite centrally located in Vientiane and the surroundings were nice and beautiful. Our family of 14 enjoyed the windy breeze there the most and photo taken were great! Has to walk up stairs/steps up to 7th floor/roof to see the Vientiane town centre view.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Patuxai isn't as pretty as the Arc d'Triomphe, in fact, up close it's a bit of a concrete monstrosity but one that comes with a funny story of having being made from concrete donated and intended to build a runway. It's an easy climb up to the top for 360 views of Vientiane.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Although the project was never completed, it is still an impressive building, very well positioned on the main boulevard and directly north of the Presidential palace (former French Governor's palace). A large water fountain was built in front of the building with a large plaque commemorating the PRC for its gift which was most likely for building the fountain. Unfortunately,... More 

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Georgetown, Guyana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Its only 7 flights of stairs and worth it. I love the story behind it--that the cement donated for a run way was used to make a victory arc de triumph Laos style.

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Forresters Beach, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Every former French colony should have one of these. It is pretty hard to go anywhere in Vientiane without passing this interesting monument. My advice is to admire it in passing, and enjoy the vision that gifted this piece of art to the Lao people.

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