Top Ten Laotian Attractions

Top Ten Laotian Attractions

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       Laos is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia, bordered by Burma and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south and Thailand to the west. Its population was estimated to be 6.8 million in 2009. Laos traces its history to the Kingdom which existed from the 14th to the 18th century when it split into three separate kingdoms. In 1893, it became a French protectorate, with the three kingdoms,Kingdom ofLuang Phrabang, Kingdom of Vientiane and Kingdom of Champasak, uniting to form what is now known as Laos. It briefly gained independence in 1945 after Japanese occupation, but returned to French rule until it was granted autonomy in 1949. Laos became independent in 1954, with a constitutional monarchy under Sisavang Vong. Shortly after independence, a long civil war ended the monarchy, when the Communist Pathet Lao movement came to power in 1975. Laos is a single-party socialist republic. The capital city is Vientiane. Other large cities include Luang Prabang, Savannakhet and Pakse. The official language is Lao. Most people are Lao with a significant proportion of indigenous religion as well. Laos’s economy is accelerating rapidly with the demands of its metals.

  1. Vientiane
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    Vientiane is the capital and largest city of Laos, situated in the Mekong river. Vientiane became the capital in 1563 due to fears of a Burmese invasion. During French rule, Vientiane was the administrative capital and due to economic growth in recent times, it has become the economic centre of Laos. The estimated population of the city is 754,000 (2009) while the number of people living in the Vientiane metropolitan area (the entire Vientiane Prefecture and parts of Vientiane Province) is believed to be over 730,000. The city hosted the 25th Southeast Asian Games in December 2009 celebrating the 50 years of SEA Games.
    Links: Top Ten Buddha Statues, Sculptures, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vientiane,
  2. Town of Luang Phrabang
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    Luang Prabang, or Louangphrabang, is a city located in north central Laos, where the Nam Khan river meets the Mekong River about 425 km (264 mi) north of Vientiane. It is the capital of Luang Prabang Province. The current population of the city is about 103,000. Until the communist takeover in 1975, it was the royal capital and seat of government of the Kingdom of Laos. The main part of the city consists of four main roads located on a peninsula between the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers. The city is well known for its numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries. Every morning, hundreds of monks from the various monasteries walk through the streets collecting alms. One of the major landmarks in the city is a large steep hill on which sits Wat Chom Si.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luang_Phrabang,
  3. Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape

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    Vat Phou or Wat Phu is a ruined Khmer temple complex in southern Laos. It is located at the base of mount Phu Kao, some 6 km from the Mekong river in Champasak province. There was a temple on the site as early as the 5th century, but the surviving structures date from the 11th to 13th centuries. The temple has a unique structure, in which the elements lead to a shrine where a linga was bathed in water from a mountain spring. The site later became a center of Theravada Buddhist worship, which it remains today.
    Links: Relieves and Petroglyphs, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vat_Phou,
  4. Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laos,