Pha That Luang
Pha That Luang
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Belle
Bucheon, South Korea602 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
There is a fee of 30,000 kip per foreigner to get inside the complex. Inside, we went around a covered area with statues of the Buddha and in the center is the golden temple/stupa. There was no information about the building, we Googled it. The Buddha statues are interesting and looked really old, no label and information whatsoever. We don't know how old they were, where they come from, what they are made of. Paying a certain fee equals a certain expectation. Aside from restoration and maintainance, it would have been a good experience that it's curated properly.

Besides, we cannot get inside the stupa so you can still have a photo outside without paying the fee to see just the same thing.
Written 3 March 2024
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marshaanddavid
Singapore, Singapore28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The entrance fees to the temples/wats in Laos are a little puzzling. This is one of the most important temples, if not the most important, in Vientiane and is worth seeing, even after I have seen many similar temples in Thailand, but there is no entrance fee, unless you enter the main temple itself and there is plenty to see elsewhere at this site. Compare this with Wat Sisaket and Haphrakeo museum (opposite Wat Sisaket), both of which have significant entrance fees but Haphrakeo Museum in particular really is not worth the money unless you are a newb or if you have little else to do and, unfortunately, there is little else to visit in Vientiane. Wat Si Muang (see my separate report) is very pretty and does not have an entrance fee. There are several ‘lessor’ wats after, and on the same side as, the Presidential Palace (diagonally opposite Wat Sisaket) and along Rue Sethathilath up to Chao Anou Road (central tourist area) and within walking distance of Wat Sisaket which are worth a look, namely Wat Mixai, Wat Ong Teu and Wat Inpeng and which do not have entrance fees. Buddha Park, also known as Wat Xieng Khuan (see separate report), charges to enter. That is about it for wats in Vientiane.

This temple complex has a huge area outside the main temple for both vehicles and the faithful and is well provided with rubbish bins but some of these can smell a bit. An entrance fee which covers the whole site could provide enough money to pay for more staff to keep these bins cleaner and generally keep the site tidier. To the left is a large building and one of the largest and most attractive buildings I have seen in a temple complex but unfortunately it was closed. To the right are several attractions to keep your interest and photograph and in the centre is the main temple and you can choose whether to pay a fee or not to enter. Behind are some stalls selling the usual clothing etc and some food. I was visiting with my family and we all enjoyed it. Catching a tuk tuk outside the main gate when leaving was easy enough.

Written 26 December 2023
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Ailina
Sydney, Australia5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Pha That Luang is a national symbol of Laos, and a must-see for anyone visiting Vientiane. It is a huge, golden stupa that stands tall and proud, and its spiritual beauty will leave you feeling inspired. Don't miss out on this unique experience!
Written 17 November 2023
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Grace H
Monroe, OR20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
This temple was amazing! I loved seeing the difference between Laos style Buddha’s & Thailand style Buddha’s.
There were Monks and small stand where people sold magnets and hand made bracelets, as souvenirs, which I appreciated.
Written 1 November 2023
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Lina E
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia2,580 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Step into the sacred realm of That Laung, located in the heart of Vientiane. Experience the tranquility and reverence of this remarkable spiritual sanctuary, cherished by the locals for its profound significance. Join me on a journey that emphasizes respect for the spiritual importance of That Laung.

Pha That Luang is a sacred monument and one of Laos' most impressive religious structures. It was founded in the 3rd century to house the breastbone of Buddha, which was brought to Laos by an Indian missionary. The current structure was built by King Setthathirat in 1566, after Vientiane became the capital of Laos. It is also officially named Pha Chedi Lokajulamani, which translates to “World Precious Sacred Stupa”.

That Laung holds deep spiritual meaning to the local community. As visitors, it's important to approach this revered site with reverence and respect. Understand that it is a place of worship, reflection, and cultural heritage for the locals. Embrace the serenity of the space, maintain a calm demeanor, and be mindful of your actions, ensuring they do not disrupt the sanctity of the surroundings.

Prepare to be captivated by the architectural splendor of That Laung. Marvel at the intricate details and craftsmanship that adorn the main stupa, a testament to the artistic excellence of the local community. 

Entry to some areas is free, while the main stupa entrance requires a nominal fee of 30.

This trip was part of a tuk -tuk tour that cost  150, 000 Kip around $8 to five attractions including Haw pha keow temple, sisaket temple, Patuxay, and simeuang temple. This convenient mode of transportation presents an opportunity to view the cultural heritage of Vientiane while enjoying the local charm.
Written 31 May 2023
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Rob Nesbit
Warsaw, Poland3,399 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Very nice place to visit, not so busy with tourists, and can relax and walk around outside or inside (for a small fee of about 160 euros).
The grounds are well kept, the temples interesting, and the statutes and art very decorative.
Worth spending a few hours
Written 16 April 2023
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zamrinz
Singapore205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
One of the must visit places of interests in Vientiane. A place of history and great for photo takings too. The surroundings is also nice.
Written 9 February 2023
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Coffee Chill TV
Udon Thani, Thailand1,246 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
An impressive temple with golden colours, prominently featured throughout. We visited as part of a day trip to Vientiane and I found the buildings and statues, both curious as well as impressive. Certainly an eclectic mix (see my YouTube) and glad we visited.
Written 2 August 2019
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Linda K
Wales, UK626 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
The golden stupa is situated in a big temple complex. It is very beautiful, glistening in the sun shine. There is an interesting exhibition around the stupa which includes artefacts, Buddhas and some information about the stupa. In the early 1900s the stupa stood on its own surrounded by jungle. It costs 10,000 KIP to go into the stupa and walk around it, always in a clockwise direction - i.e. the stupa should be on your right.

Around the stupa are lots of temple buildings and various statues which includes a big golden, reclining Buddha to the right of the stupa. There are also lots of stalls selling a wide variety of food, drinks and gift items.

Written 15 July 2019
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Sotontraveller
Southampton, UK537 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
Bizarre statue of two rearing elephants which look white and shiny from the Victory Arch. On close inspection you realise the statues are covered in Chinese porcelain tableware. Quicky. Not sure it will last long ! It was a New Year present from the Chine in 2019.

It is immediately opposite the arch so no extra effort to view.
Written 21 May 2019
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