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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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Private Vientiane City Tour with Patuxai Victory Gate

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Good example of where American tax dollars / foreign aid ends up!

From my understanding, this "thing" was built with funds/concrete that was given by the American government as foreign aid for an airport, but the Royal Gov't diverted the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

It's something to see, since you're in Vientiane anyway, but not worth going out of your way for. Other travelers said the view from the top is nice. It was too hot, so I didn't climb up. I might have more positive things to say if I had enjoyed the view.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

There are people offering to take a photo of you with the gate in the background for a fee, which is reasonable. I only passed by because I was biking around Vientiane (easily done, since city is quite small), but I would not come here specifically to see this.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

From my understanding, this "thing" was built with funds/concrete that was given by the American government as foreign aid for an airport, but the Royal Gov't diverted the funds/cement to build this "more important" structure. Hence, it was nicknamed the "vertical runway." This would be one of the "highlights" of Vientiane and there is a nice view of the city... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This is known by most Lao and expats alike as "The Monument". It straddles the end of Lane Xang Avenue and is a scaled down but more ornate version of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Great views of Vientiane can be gained from 3 different levels, all of which are reached by steps (no elevator), with an entry charge... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

It 's a park, it's a observation deck, it's a monument. it's a replica of Paris Victory Gate. Its on the way to Pha That Luang, so its recommend to drop by if you are passing by.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We went there and the viewing deck was closed already but nevertheless, it was a nice landmark of Laos. It looked like a French structure but they were able to make it uniquely Laotian. The designs inside the structure were really beautiful and the park was also good for sitting and exercise.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I know that this attraction gets lots of negative reviews, being labelled the "vertical runway" and "the monster of concrete", but in my view it is beautiful. It is a monument to independence loosely modelled on the Arc de Triomphe and is situated in beautiful gardens. I couldn't stop looking at it - I walked from the bottom of the... More 

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

If you can accept that its a shoddy concrete version of the Arc De Triomphe in Laos, then you can enjoy this quirky throw-back to Indo-Chna French colonialism. The walk to the top is worth the effort.

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Reston, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This is one of the historic landmarks however does not offer the view that I expected, the height is only equivalent to eight floors so in many cases you could get the same thing from the roof of your hotel. Fountains were not running but it still offers a decent location to take a picture. Worth a gander but will... More 

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New Delhi, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

The story behind this place is funny yet ironic. The funds which came in to help develop the place was instead used to build a memorial in a smaller replica of Arc de Triumphe. Though hardly inspiring any wonder, it is a very photogenic site at the turn of sunset. The lighted monument with fountains in front make for a... More 

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Address: Address: Vientiane, Laos
Location: Asia  >  Laos  >  Vientiane Province  >  Vientiane

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