Near Wieng Chan is a very interesting pagoda called Wat Luang. Religion and war are there combined; the lower part is a perfect fortress riddled with loopholes.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download
Pha That Luang, the "Great Sacred Stupa" of Vientiane, is the most important religious edifice in Laos. It also has great spiritual significance for the Lao people, having been considered the symbol of Lao independence and sovereignty since the time of Lan Xang, the Kingdom of a Million Elephants, in the mid sixteenth century. It is a strange and exotic structure, uniquely combining-as McCarthy saw-the ethereal features of a Buddhist temple with the more mundane requirements of a stronghold or fortress. As well it might-for the fate and fortune of That Luang over the centuries has been as uncertain as that of the Lao Nation it represents.
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