Pha That Luang (Great Stupa in Lao) is the most significant religious and national monument in Laos. Situated on a hill five km north of Vientiane it was built in the 16th century on the ruins of an earlier 13th century Khmer temple. Initially covered in gold leaf, Pha That Luang was destroyed by the Siamese invasion in 1828, then later reconstructed by the French in 1930. The temple has become a symbol of Lao nationalism. Pha That Luang consists of three levels, each conveying a reflection of part of the Buddhist belief.

01 Main gate
02 Details of main gate
03 Pha That Luang
04 Second level
05 Main square
06 Monument of King Saya Setthathirath
07 Temple under construction
08 Pha That Luang
09 Pha That Luang
10 Pha That Luang
11 Small stupas on the second level
12 Second level and central stupa
13 Second level and central stupa
14 Gate and staircase to third level
15 Pha That Luang
16 Lotus leaves and stupas
17 Second level and central stupa
18 Gate and staircase to third level
19 Second level and stupas
20 Pha That Luang
21 Second level and central stupa
22 Central stupa
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