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Haw Kham

Haw Kham

Built in 1904, Haw Kham was once the primary residence of King Sisavang Vong. After communists (Lao People’s Democratic Republic) overthrew the monarchy (Kingdom of Laos) in 1975, Haw Kham became the Royal Palace Museum.   From the main gate, palm trees line...
Tat Sae Waterfall

Tat Sae Waterfall

Located around ten miles to the southeast of Luang Prabang, the Tat Sae Waterfall is a beautiful waterfall that empties into a wide, but shallow, plunge pool. Here, water from the Houay Sé, a tributary of the Nam Khan River, flows over limestone rocks.   Although the...
Pha That Luang

Pha That Luang

Located around three miles northeast of central Vientiane is Pha That Luang or the Great Stupa. Pha That Luang is the national symbol of Laos. Images of it are on Laotian banknotes and on the country’s national seal.   Pha That Luang sits on a former Khmer...
Patuxai

Patuxai

Completed in 1968, Patuxai means Victory Gate, and it resembles Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France. Patuxai is a war memorial dedicated to those who lost their lives during pre-revolutionary wars.   Four gods adorn Patuxai’s ceiling. This is Brahma.   Next is...
Giving Alms

Giving Alms

A group of monks walk in sequence along a Vientiane side street in the early morning. What are they doing? Collecting alms from worshipers before returning to their monastery. This scene is similar to the one we saw in Myanmar in the Building Merit Post.   Just as in...
COPE Visitor Centre

COPE Visitor Centre

Between 1964 to 1973, the United States dropped over 2 million tons of ordnance in more than 580,000 bombing missions over Laos. The bombings were part of the Laotian Civil War (or Secret War) where the Americans were trying to disrupt North Vietnamese supply trails...
That Dam

That Dam

Vegetation grows out of a neglected and weathered stupa. Parked cars encircle the structure. This is That Dam or the Black Stupa.   Besides the stupa there are also two small pillars to the southwest of That Dam, but they are also falling apart.   Legend says that...