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Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang)

That Luang Road, Vientiane, Laos
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Ranked #4 of 32 attractions in Vientiane
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: A 24-carat, 45-meter high Buddhist shrine.
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Winters, ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

I got up early to beat the heat, but the sun wasn't friendly for photographs. Not only is there a golden stupa, but a reclining buddha and a beautiful temple. Take a tuk-tuk as it is a fair walk!

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I have lived in SE Asia for over 13 years, and have spent an extensive amount of time in Vientiane. I just got back from yet another visit, and went to visit Pha That Luang for probably about the 10th time. While the stupa looks as though it hasn't had a new coat of paint in the last 10 years... More

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Hillsborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Good to see and get a picture here, but you can't go inside the temple just round the outside for 5000 kip. The temple is gold in all the photos but when you are up close its actualy really dirty and black. worth seeing since its one of only a few things to see in Vientiane

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Since this is the national symbol of Laos I was expecting it to be crowded with tourist but was surprised that there were few other couples looking at the Pha That Luang and the nearby temple. Up close it wasn't all that exciting but an interesting piece of architecture.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Get a tuk tuk out and spend an hour or so here. It is very impressive to see as is all the other bits and bobs surrounding it. ie the reclining Buddha and a simply amazing portrait in the temple next to it. In fact all that surrounds it is impressive to see. Get in take a closer look ,but... More

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Always great to visit a country where there are many temples like in viantiane Laos. Get a local guide who will be able to tell you everything that they know about the legends behind the golden stupa, its rough past and its restoration.

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malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

It looks more impressive when viewed from far. Go only if you have time to spare. It may be Laos' national monument, but it has little significance for tourists.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

A short tuk-tuk ride from town, this stupa and the nearby museum are well worth a visit. Exit from the north gate and continue down the lane for some good food and a cold beer on a hot day.

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Phuket, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

This enormous stupa is the national symbol of Laos and quiet breathtaking. The square in front of it is a pleasant gathering place for the locals. The reclining Buddha next to but outside the stupa enclosure is also worth a look.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

You need a taxi to see this, it is 3km from the centre of Vientiane in the North East suburbs. The gold central stupa is 45m high and sits prominently at the centre of a large parade ground. It represents the bud of a lotus flower. You can walk up a couple of terraces but the top terrace is reserved... More

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