Pha That LuangCurrently Closed
- Address: Vientiane, Laos
- Timings: 08:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
- Ticket Price: 8189 LAK
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Family And Kids, Sculpture
The Great Sacred Stupa or the Pha That Luang is the holiest Buddhist stupa in Vientiane. Originally built as a Hindu temple in the 3rd century. Missionaries from the court of Emperor Ashoka brought a bone from Lord Buddha’s body to lie here and from then this temple assumed importance for the Buddhist monks. King Setthathirat built the gold stupa visible today in the year 1566. Today, this temple is a national symbol in Laos. The temple is surrounded by gardens, monuments, statues etc. These can be accessed free of cost. The inner courtyard of the temple is surrounded by a cloister full of paintings and sculptures dedicated to Buddha. Every November, monks gather here to celebrate the festivities of Boun Thatluang.
- Modest dressing is recommended when visiting the temple.
- Be sure to plan your visit carefully if you are going in November. The Boun That Luang festival dates change every year.
- You can hire a taxi/car/jumbo/bicycle to get here.
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30% of people who visit Vientiane include Pha That Luang in their plan
76.67% of people start their Pha That Luang visit around 08 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Pha That Luang
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Pha That Luang
Pro Tip: Get there early in the morning and instead of rushing into the "front" entrance, head around to the back where there might not be anybody working the ticket desk. When I visited, I entered through the back, and I waited a while to see if someone would come get my 10,000 kip, but it was just me and a gardener, and he didn't stop me.
Just feel so peaceful to be here. Once in a while, you should visit this place to know how beautiful Laos architectures are.
Actually I found it a bit disappointing because I thought surely the most important religious place in the country would be very impressive, but in comparison to the similar stupas in Myanmar (which have real gold on the top), this painted one really pales in comparison. I guess it's still worth taking a look. Technically you don't need to pay 10,000 to see it, as you can see it from outside the walls too. There's signs saying it's open until 5pm. Motorbike parking was 5,000.
Good place to visit. We can't enter inside the temple. Parking is free and lot of parking slots are available
Beautiful temple. Definitely a must go at vientiane