Thursday, October 24, 2013

Gate of Triumph inside the Patuxay Park in Vientiane, Laos

A trip to Vientiane, the capital city of Los, would not be complete without a visit to Putaxay (or Putaxai) Park where the Lao version of Paris' Arch of Triumph can be found.

Compared to other parks in most capitals in the world, Putaxay Park is small but it has grandeur because of the Arch of Triumph.

The Arch was built as a proud remembrance to the patriotic history of the Lao people who fought French colonizers.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Wat That Foun (Vientiane, Laos)

The newly-built temple and a pagoda.
There was so much to see in Vientiane, Laos. But due to an unfortunate and major "hiccup" in my travel itinerary, I arrived in the Lao capital almost a day behind my schedule.

But still, I enjoyed the sights this old city has to offer.

I may have failed to visit other temples but Wat That Foun has a very interesting history.

A Lao couple whom I met in this journey said that the temple was a crematorium. And as such it was located at the edge of this ancient city.

However, due to the intense modern development of Vientiane, the temple which originally was located at the edge is now at the center of the Laos capital.

There was indeed a crematorium inside the compound and a newly-built temple.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Phat Tich Temple (Vientiane, Laos)

I  was in Vientiane, Laos recently on a visa run as my stay in Thailand will end on Oct. 16.

I decided to visit Vientiane because I have heard a lot of stories about the former French colony.

Vientiane is a beautiful city with beautiful people and of course beautiful Buddhist temples, an example of which is the Phat Tich Temple.

Here are some of the photos which I took inside the Vietnamese temple during my very short visit.