"Pha That Luang" Vientiane Things to Do Tip by Blatherwick
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The impressive monument of Pha That Luang (Great Sacred Reliquary or Great Stupa) is a symbol of both the Buddhist religion and of Lao sovereignty. It is Laos' most important monument. Legends say that the court of Ashoka in India first set up a stupa on this spot in the 3rd century BC to hold a piece of the breastbone of the Buddha. When King Setthathirat moved the Lan Xang capital from Luang Prabang to Vientiane, he ordered the construction of Pha That Luang in its current form on the present site. Construction commenced in 1566.
The temple is open to visitors from 8am to 11:30am and 2 pm to 4:30pm. It is closed on Mondays. The entrance fee was 2,000 kip
Address: Thanon That Luang
Directions: 4km North-East of the centre of Vientiane.