Beautiful Laos is famous for its spectacular landscapes, especially the ancient temples. In this article, we will give you some highlights about where to go and what to eat in this country.
Buddha Park is a group of Buddha statues located in Xieng Khuan, 25 km south-east of Vientiane. The garden is was built by Bounlua Suliat 50 years ago. It is a combination of Hinduism and Buddhism through sculptural language. In retrospect, Bounlua is not a monk and was never trained in sculpture. He simply looked like an expert mage of Hindu philosophy, Buddhism. He created the work based on strange images that came to him in dreams, what he enlightened in his life. All statues are made of cement. This park consists of more than 200 statues of Buddhists and Hindu figures. There are also some statues of people, gods, animals, and demons. Each statue has artistic value and real meaning in life that you will recognize when looking at them carefully.
Patuxay is located at the end of Lane Xang Avenue. It is considered as a symbol of Laos’ victory over French colonialism. This “Champs Elysée of the East” was once known as the “Unknown Soldier’s Monument” due to the fact that all the heroes during the resistance against the French invaders commemorated here are identical. The work was built from 1962 to 1968 but was delayed several times due to lack of funds and for many other reasons. The lower and outer parts of Patuxay look similar to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, but the upper and inside parts features traditional culture with the architectural characteristics of Laos. For Laos people, Patuxay is a symbol of the country’s history, as well as a historical lesson, a reminder to the next generation not forgetting the past, striving to build the country.
Pha That Luang
Not far from Patuxay, at the end of Lane Xang avenue is Pha That Luang, one of the world’s cultural heritage, a symbol of Lao Buddhism. Pha That Luang was built in 1566 on the ruins of an Indian ancient temple. According to a legend, Pha That Luang is one of the scarce Buddhist temples in the world preserving Sakyamuni Buddha’s relics. The temple is 68m wide to the north and south, 69m long to the east and west, and is prominent with the golden sapphire exterior.
Phousi Mountain is the highest mount in Luang Prabang, which is suitable for visitors to enjoy a panoramic view of the ancient capital lying by the Mekong River bank. The mountain is 80m high, a stair which was built up with more than 300 steps. On the road, standing several rest shelters for visitors. On the top of Phou Si, there are various majestic statues with peaceful faces, slender long fingers, and Naga snakehead.
Royal Palace Museum
National Museum of Lao People’s Democratic Republic, formerly known as the royal palace of Laos, or Haw Kham. The architecture of the museum is a French Beaux-Arts style with many elegant details that highlight traditional Lao culture. If you want to learn more about Lao history and culture, spend some hours in this palace is not a bad idea.
Laos culinary art
The cuisine is always an attractive topic when talking about a nation. Luckily, Laos has something special enough to keep tourist stay, let’s explore the next section of the article.
Laos sticky rice
Sticky rice is the most popular food in Lao cuisine, used in almost every event, from family meals to dinner parties. Laos sticky rice is often served with roasted chicken and a sauce which is similar to fish sauce in Vietnam called “cheo boong“. Although many families eat rice instead of sticky rice, however, Laos sticky rice still plays an important role in the lives of Laos people. When you come to Laos, you can eat sticky rice at restaurants or eateries for about 15,000 kip.
Savannakhet has long been famous for its delicacies when it comes to Laos. Savanakhet Chicken is something you will miss the most after leave this county. Chicken after being cleaned, it is braced into bamboo sticks, put on the charcoal roasted until it is eatable. Charcoal should also be made from perennial trunks, which are inflammable enough to make the skin and chicken blend in the aroma. roasted chicken with Laos sticky rice and cheo will make you never forget. You don’t need to go to Savannakhet to enjoy roasted chicken, as Savannakhet chickens are sold in many places, Vientiane, Luang Prabang are available for about 50,000 kip.
Khausoy is a famous dish in Luang Prabang, which looks like Vietnamese Pho but is greatly simplified. The most important ingredient of Khausoy has made the name. It is pureed pork mixed with garlic, tomatoes, and spices. The soup of khausoy is simply boiled water, which is added to the bowl after seasoning. Khausoy when mixed with water will give sweet, attractive enough to immediately impress you. A Khausoy bowl costs about 15,000 VND.
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