Vientiane is the capital of Laos. It has several interesting temples, stupas, and monuments. I found the Buddha Park especially interesting.

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Nam Ngum Lake

The Nam Ngum reservoir is about 80 km (50 miles) north of Vientiane. It is the largest body of water in Laos. It is created by the oldest and largest dam in Laos. Fishing in the lake is one of the most important economic activities for the local population around the lake. Exporting 70% to 80% of the electricity generated at the dam to Thailand is one of the most important sources of income for Laos. More information about the dam is available on Wikipedia at am Ngum Dam

View Over Nam Ngum
View over the Nam Ngum reservoir. (595k)
Islands Nam Ngum Reservoir
Islands in the Nam Ngum reservoir. (596k)
Top Nam Ngum Dam
Top of the Nam Ngum dam. (702k)
Nam Ngum Dam Below
The Nam Ngum dam from below. (933k)
Fish Traps Reservoir
Fish traps on the reservoir. (829k)
Excursion Boats Nam Ngum
Excursion boats on the Nam Ngum reservoir. (1058k)
Boat Dinner Parties
Boat for dinner parties. (589k)
Being Rescued Boat Our
Being rescued by another boat. Our boat had docked on an observation tower in the lake. The driver came up to the tower too fast and the boat ran up onto the platform and couldn't back off the platform. He had to call for help. (670k)

Buddha Park

View Over Buddha Park
View over Buddha Park. (922k)
Fantasy Building Buddha Park
Fantasy building in the Buddha Park. (590k)
Demon Figure
Demon figure. (746k)
Demon Figure
Demon figure. (1120k)
Demon Figure
Demon figure. (1165k)
Four-faced Figure
Four-faced figure. (1231k)
Crocodile
Crocodile. (1278k)
Three-headed Elephant
Three-headed elephant. (1147k)
Seven-headed Naga
Seven-headed Naga. (1190k)
God Swallowed Snake
God swallowed by a snake. (826k)
Pig-faced Demon
Pig-faced demon. (1109k)
Hindu God
Hindu god. (1052k)
Hindu God
Hindu god. (1023k)
Hindu God
Hindu god. (889k)
Hindu God
Hindu god. (1135k)
Hindu Monkey God Hanuman
Hindu monkey god Hanuman. (1149k)
Hindu God Ganesha
Hindu god Ganesha. (1228k)
Hindu God Brahma Left
Hindu god Brahma on the left. (966k)
Scene Life Buddha
Scene from the life of Buddha. (1310k)
Scene Life Buddha
Scene from the life of Buddha. (1334k)
Scene Life Buddha
Scene from the life of Buddha. (1063k)
Scene Life Buddha Buddha
Scene from the life of Buddha. Buddha in the "Stop Fighting" pose. (1137k)
Scene Life Buddha
Scene from the life of Buddha. (1118k)
Reclining Buddha
Reclining Buddha. (903k)

Wat Si Saket

Wat Si Saket is the temple of thousands of Buddhas. It contains more than 2000 Buddha statues, small and large. It was built in 1818 on the order of King Anouvong and is the oldest standing temple in Vientiane.

Main Temple Wat Si
Main temple in Wat Si Saket. (683k)
Front Temple Wat Si
Front of the temple in Wat Si Saket. (624k)
Drum Tower Wat Si
Drum tower in Wat Si Saket. (712k)
Rows Buddha Statues
Rows of Buddha statues. (771k)
Close-up Bronze Buddha Statues
Close-up of one of the bronze Buddha statues in the "Touching the Earth" pose (Bhumisparsha Mudra). (721k)
Hang Hod Washing Buddha
Hang Hod for washing the Buddha statues. (825k)

Pha That Luang Stupa

Pha That Luang is a gold-covered large Buddhist stupa in the center of Vientiane. Since its initial establishment, suggested to be in the 3rd century, the stupa has undergone several reconstructions as recently as the 1930s due to foreign invasions of the area. It is generally regarded as the most important national monument in Laos and a national symbol.

View Pha Luang
View of Pha That Luang. (625k)
View Pha Luang
View of Pha That Luang. (638k)
View Pha Luang
View of Pha That Luang. (655k)
Building Pha Luang Complex
Building in the Pha That Luang complex. (914k)
Building Pha Luang Complex
Building in the Pha That Luang complex. (680k)
Decorations Buildings Pha Luang
Decorations in one of the buildings in the Pha That Luang complex. (868k)
Details Pha Luang Complex
Details of Pha That Luang complex. (909k)
Reclining Buddha Pha Luang
Reclining Buddha in the Pha That Luang complex. (804k)
Brahma Statue Pha Luang
Brahma statue in the Pha That Luang complex. (1096k)
Buddha Statue "seven Days
Buddha statue in the "Seven Days Looking" pose. (871k)

Patuxai Monument

The Patuxai Monument is a war monument in Vientiane. It was built between 1957 and 1968. It is dedicated to those who fought in the struggle for independence from France.

Patuxai Monument
Patuxai Monument. (633k)
View Top Patuxai Monument
View from the top of the Patuxai Monument. (886k)

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