Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang)

Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang)

Great Sacred Stupa (Pha That Luang)
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A 24-carat, 45-meter high Buddhist shrine.
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  • irenevff
    Dasmarinas City, Philippines5,485 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    gold and great
    it was majestic, sacred and serene all at the same time. there were no other visitors when we got there so we had the whole place to ourselves. we paid 30K individually as entrance fee. the shrine glistens under the midafternoon sun, reflecting ultraviolet rays as we walk around its perimeter. we were in awe, making sure that we took enough pictures at every angle. this is a must-see when in laos. humble looking as it seems, you will be lured by its simple beauty and vibe.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Hudsonmccraw
    Virginia Beach, Virginia3,771 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A real treat to visit
    This is one of the icons of Laos, and we weren’t going to miss any opportunity to visit Pha That Luang while in the country. It is absolutely beautiful to see in person. And just walking on the grounds of that and the neighboring Buddhist temples and places of worship, was aesthetically pleasing to look at and photograph. It was time well spent.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Raintree_Thailand
    Bangkok, Thailand4,182 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gleaming with gold!
    Pha That Luang is an important national symbol of Laos. The structure has been built, damaged, destroyed, rebuilt, damaged, rebuilt many, many times; thus the current structure (some 45 meters in height) is actually not old. The stupa gleams a golden color, with the top pinnacle coated with gold leaf; the rest is covered with gold paint. The stupa is situated a fair distance from the commercial center of Vientiane, requiring a taxi or tuk-tuk ride or a long walk. Visitors can enter the compound for a fee of 30,000 kip and walk around the stupa. There are also artifacts and replicas of ancient statues on display. At an adjoining temple, there are beautiful mural paintings depicting facets of the life and enlightenment of Lord Buddha. Also a nearby large reclining Buddha.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 February 2024
  • DotsGirl2
    Vancouver, Canada452 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive gold stupa with a covered walkway around
    The stupa itself is impressive. The very top spire is actual gold. There are covered walkways around the stupa that hold Buddha statues. Our guide told us it was good luck to walk around the whole complex once.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 February 2024
  • Shelley M
    Albany, New Zealand890 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    You can't visit Vientiane and no visit this impressive stupa. Just beautiful and you do have to pay to enter but you can take photos from the outside as you cant actually enter it anyway as it is a solid structure. It is beautiful and inside the area there are more buddhas etc but the whole area is well kept and nice and open with no litter which was nice.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 April 2024
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,628 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    All I could say was, “ Wow, wow wow!
    My hired tuktuk driver drove me here ater visiting the Patuxay Monument. There is a lot to see in this attraction where I began visiting first the area with reclining Buddha, other Buddhas, temples, and more statutes. Took several pictures here. The Golden Stupa has an entrance fee of 30,000 kips per person. Near the entrance are antique statues of Buddha and other sculptures. There are several altars with statues of Buddha. In front of the Stupa is a small park with a statue of a famous person , perhaps a hero or a royalty.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 April 2024
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camilla59
Sydney, Australia53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A beautiful Golden temple which you walk around but not through. Very hot so wear your hat. Only need 15-30mins here. All temples have sarongs you can borrow to enter
Written 8 May 2024
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,628 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
My hired tuktuk driver drove me here ater visiting the Patuxay Monument. There is a lot to see in this attraction where I began visiting first the area with reclining Buddha, other Buddhas, temples, and more statutes. Took several pictures here.

The Golden Stupa has an entrance fee of 30,000 kips per person. Near the entrance are antique statues of Buddha and other sculptures. There are several altars with statues of Buddha.

In front of the Stupa is a small park with a statue of a famous person , perhaps a hero or a royalty.
Written 21 April 2024
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Shelley M
Albany, New Zealand890 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
You can't visit Vientiane and no visit this impressive stupa. Just beautiful and you do have to pay to enter but you can take photos from the outside as you cant actually enter it anyway as it is a solid structure. It is beautiful and inside the area there are more buddhas etc but the whole area is well kept and nice and open with no litter which was nice.
Written 15 April 2024
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Matvl
5,445 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
This is probably ‘the’ thing to see in Vientiane. The stupa is impressive and worth exploring, but so if the whole area with temples and vendors and monks and so on. Fascinating place!
Written 16 March 2024
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DotsGirl2
Vancouver, Canada452 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The stupa itself is impressive. The very top spire is actual gold. There are covered walkways around the stupa that hold Buddha statues. Our guide told us it was good luck to walk around the whole complex once.
Written 17 February 2024
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand4,182 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Pha That Luang is an important national symbol of Laos. The structure has been built, damaged, destroyed, rebuilt, damaged, rebuilt many, many times; thus the current structure (some 45 meters in height) is actually not old. The stupa gleams a golden color, with the top pinnacle coated with gold leaf; the rest is covered with gold paint. The stupa is situated a fair distance from the commercial center of Vientiane, requiring a taxi or tuk-tuk ride or a long walk. Visitors can enter the compound for a fee of 30,000 kip and walk around the stupa. There are also artifacts and replicas of ancient statues on display. At an adjoining temple, there are beautiful mural paintings depicting facets of the life and enlightenment of Lord Buddha. Also a nearby large reclining Buddha.
Written 5 February 2024
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AGSDLA
Needham, MA30 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Obviously a very stunning building, the whole complex would benefit non-native also speakers by having at least some explanations. We found almost nothing, so came away knowing very little culture or historical context. Best to read up on Wikipedia first.
Written 1 February 2024
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Ana-Maria B
Cluj-Napoca, Romania1,348 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We went during the That Luang Festival and it was pretty hectic - planty of noisy stall selling just about everything, police, people praying, some officials, and a lot of people overall. Very safe too, though I did not see many foreigners attending.
As people seemed to only enter for religious purposes and there was a bit of a security check at the entrance, we did not go inside so as not to bother them. But from the outside it's quite an impressive building.
Written 17 December 2023
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Hudsonmccraw
Virginia Beach, VA3,771 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
This is one of the icons of Laos, and we weren’t going to miss any opportunity to visit Pha That Luang while in the country. It is absolutely beautiful to see in person. And just walking on the grounds of that and the neighboring Buddhist temples and places of worship, was aesthetically pleasing to look at and photograph. It was time well spent.
Written 4 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

irenevff
Dasmarinas City, Philippines5,485 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
it was majestic, sacred and serene all at the same time.

there were no other visitors when we got there so we had the whole place to ourselves. we paid 30K individually as entrance fee.

the shrine glistens under the midafternoon sun, reflecting ultraviolet rays as we walk around its perimeter. we were in awe, making sure that we took enough pictures at every angle.

this is a must-see when in laos. humble looking as it seems, you will be lured by its simple beauty and vibe.
Written 28 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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