That Luang Stupa

That Luang Stupa

Laos’ most important monument, That Luang Stupa has become the symbol of the country and a representation of Laos’ strong affinity with Buddhism. Thought to have been first constructed in around the 3rd century to house a relic, a breastbone, of Buddha – the structure you see today was constructed in 1566, when Vientiane became Laos’ capital. The complex includes two temples and the famous stupa, the top of which is covered in gold leaf. The whole thing is quintessential Laos architecture, with many references to the culture and identity of the country.

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Five Facts About
That Luang Stupa

It is thought the stupa was originally constructed to house a breastbone of Buddha

The stupa is 45 metres tall

The centrepiece of the stupa is designed to echo the appearance of an elongated lotus bud

An image of That Luang Stupa appears of Laos’ official seal

Look out for the many Buddha, flower and animal images throughout the complex

Every November a festival is held, Boun That Luang, with thousands of people coming to pay their respects to the stupa

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