Patuxai is not only one of the more popular tourist attractions in Vientiane but it is also a great landmark of the capital city. Travelers of Vientiane can’t help but notice the remarkable monument found in the city center. Having a closer look is irresistible for most Vientiane travelers.
Patuxai is translated to the Victory Monument but is also known by several other names. The striking monument is also called the Old Monument, the Ancient Monument, and the Anusawali Kao. Reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, this Lao Gate of Triumph was built in 1962 with financial assistance from the Unites States. The cement that was supposed to be used to construct a new airport ended up being used by this monument. The monument has a good mixture of French and Lao architectural influences. There are also Buddhist details that adorn the monument and are visible from up close. It was originally built to commemorate the Lao soldiers who died during battle serving their country before the revolutionary wars. [Read more…]