An impressive but slender 45 m (148 ft) gilded structure surrounded by high walls, Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) imposes itself with its beauty as a symbol of Lao-style Buddhism. A national symbol, which made it on the country’s official seal, the complex is believed to enshrine a breast bone of Buddha brought by a Hindu missionary sent by King Ashoka as early as the third century CE. This most revered national monument features a huge statue of a gilt reclining Buddha, and a statue of King Setthathirath, the founder of the present-day stupa built in 1566, erected in front of the main entrance. The complex lies some 4 km (2.5 mi) north of Vientinane. By using our Vientiane trip planner , you can arrange your visit to Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) and other attractions in Vientiane.
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Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang) Reviews
This looks just as good as the pictures, you also need learn some of the history by the pictures around the perimeter. Can get warm during the day, but there is shade, small stalls selling souvenirs i... more »
Loved visiting these sites, the sleeping Buddha was simply amazing, seeing it in person I sure that there are many more sites to see and will look forward to coming back more »
The respect shown towards monks is evident from the fact that they are not charged money to visit this beautiful pagoda. Though one is not allowed to climb up the pagoda, just circumambulating it is sufficient as much as it is necessary to offer veneration to this holy place of worship. It is truly a protector of the virtue of Vientiane.
It’s a pretty nice temple. I hear that it’s one of the best temples in town to go visit. Unfortunately I went on the hottest day I experienced of my entire life. Getting to the temple involves walking across a big parking lot that’s not shaded at all. Fortunately, the temple sells beverages
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