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This blog is about anything that is of interest to me especially TRAVEL, FOODS, GOLF and positive things about life. ********************* Quote: Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. -- Buddha

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It's hard to think of a word more charged with meaning—or meanings—than "life." Whether we're talking about when life begins or when it ends, the sanctity of life, or the danger of playing God, we all have an idea of what we mean when we talk about life. Yet, it often turns out, we actually mean different things. But it is very clear that the purpose of our life is to seek happiness.

Pha That Luang, (That Luang Stupa)

During our trip, we also visited Pha That Luang. Pha That Luang (or That Luang Stupa or Stupa Luang) is an impressive gold-covered Buddhist stupa in the centre of Vientiane, Laos. First built in 3rd century, the stupa has undergone several reconstructions until the 1930s due to foreign invasions to the area. Pha That Luang is considered the most important national monument and officially a national symbol of Laos.
Our tour guide told us  that the stupa was originally built as early as the third century to house a breastbone of the Lord Buddha brought to Laos by an Indian missionary. However, the current structure was built by King Setthathirat in 1566 on the site of a 13th century Khmer ruin. He named Vientiane the capital after Luang Prabang in the mid-sixteenth century. An elegantly crafted statue of him stands in front of the main entrance to That Luang.
That Luang was greatly damaged by the Burmese, Chinese and Siamese during invasions in the 18th and 19th centuries then was basically left alone until French colonial times. Restoration work was completed in 1900 by the French and for a second time in 1930, again with the help of the French.
Right next to the That Luang Stupa, you will reach the impressive golden reclining Buddha. 


Patuxai (Victory Monument), Vientiane

Patuxai (Vientiane's Arc de Triomphe replica) is a must see attractions while in Vientiane at the commercial district around Th Lan Xang. Officially called 'Victory Monument' and commemorating the Lao who died in prerevolutionary wars, it was built in 1969 with cement donated by the USA . We climb to the summit for panoramic views over Vientiane.

 Magnificent views of the city from summit of the monument.


Vientiane Trip

Vientiane is the Capital of Laos and its a small city with many French-styled mansions. A 1 day city tour will be enough to visit all the main attractions of the city. We went on a 1 day city tour on the 1st day of Golf Trip to Vientiane.
Wat Sisaket in Vientiane is one of the most important temples in Laos and known as the only temple that survived the Siamese occupation that destroyed Vientiane in 1828. It was restored in 1924 and subsequently in 1930. The architecture of the temple has some Siamese influence but is mostly based on Laos design. All in all, the temple contains more than 5,000 Buddha statues in various sizes and postures.
Wat Sisaket was built in 1818 by King Anouvong, the last King of the Lao Lane Xang Kingdom. Wat Sisaket remains the oldest temple in Vientiane.

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