They say you haven’t been to Laos if you haven’t visited the Patuxai War Monument in the country’s capital, Vientiane. I must admit I love that saying, because it is sucha true statement, as this special landmark represents the country so proudly, historically and it stands central in the city with its large presence for everyone to see on the famous Vientiane strip on the Ave Lane Xang.
Do yourself a favour while sightseeing the unique city of Southeast Asia and get yourself to the Patuxai War Monument, it’s gorgeous from the outside, inside the buildings where you’ll find an abundance of market places and on the top, you” catch beautiful views of Vientiane.
The Patuxai War Monument Vientiane
The meaning behind the Patuxai War Monument Vientiane
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 as it is a celebration of what the Country of Laos is all about.
The Happening in, around and on top of The Monument
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 that has many memorable events happening all year round with the magnificent Monument standing large in its grand structure in the background for all to see and gaze at, as the locals and tourist get caught up the festivities of entertainment going on nearby.
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, there is no elevator. Each separate floor has market stalls that sells a variety of unique 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 that do look spectacular.
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, so you can appreciate this boutique capital city at its peaceful best.