They say you haven’t been to Laos if you haven’t visited the Patuxai War Monument in the country’s capital, Vientiane. With good reason too, as this special landmark represents the country so proudly and it stands large and mighty for everyone to see on the famous Vientiane strip, Ave Lane Xang.
The meaning behind the Patuxai War Monument
The construction of the monument was completed in 1968 and it took a good ten years to construct. The Monument is dedicated to people of Lao, who struggled their way for independence from the French, who colonised the country from 1893 to 1953. The Patuxai is also know as the Victory Monument and for obvious reasons too.
The Happenings in, around and on top of the Patuxai
There is a lot happening around the Patuxai War Monument during the day. First, there is Patuxai park, which great to stroll around the gardens, with the magnificent Monument standing large in its grand structure in the background. There is often plenty of entertainment and ceremonies happening within the park grounds on any given day and particularly important public holidays.
Inside the walls of the Patuxai itself, there are plenty of market places as you elevate and struggle your way to the top with many steps to confront. Each separate floor has market stalls that sells a variety Laos souvenirs and a very reasonable price, so purchase an item without fear of being ripped off. Also take in some great artwork with in the walls of the Monument.
Once you make your way to the top and I can’t stress strongly enough about going on a clear day, you get a brilliant 360-view of the Vientiane city. It is a breathtaking scenery as you stand on top of this precious landmark and marvel on all things around you. The best bit is, Vientiane doesn’t have many sky rise buildings to block your gorgeous view.