Laos-Vientiane

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Test Vientiane Lao PDR The Dok Champa (Plumeria ) Lao’s national flower

Many thanks to Mr. John Glines for his great artwork and for his regard to asean countries and their inhabitants:

Test Many thanks to Mr. John Glines for his great artwork and for his regard to asean countries and their inhabitants John Glines http:// www.pbase.com/johnglines/profile

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Laos – Vientiane The Dok Champa (Plumeria) is the national flower and official symbol of Lao PDR. The waxy flower with a sweet scent can be found in many colors: red, yellow, pink and multiple pastels. For the Lao people, Dok Champa represents sincerity and joy in life. The flower is often used as a decoration in ceremonies or made into a garland to welcoming guests. The Dok Champa blooms everyday and lasts a long time. The trees are planted throughout the country and in particular, can be seen near the monastic areas. The Dok Champa (Plumeria ) Lao’s national flower

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That Dam (Black Stupa) An ancient stupa in the heart of town. Legend says that this stupa is home to a seven-headed dragon which protected the local people during the 1828 invasion by Siam (Thailand) that destroyed much of the city. Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Haw Pha Kaew Built in 1565 as the royal temple of the Lao monarchy and home of the Emerald Buddha (now in Bangkok, Thailand), Haw Pha Kaew is now a museum of Lao art. Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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One of a pair of standing Buddhas at the front of the temple The hands are in the position of Calming the Ocean (abhaya mudra). In Thai this gesture, known as "ham samut", is symbolic of the Buddha's mastery over the passions. Haw Pha Kaew, Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Seated Buddha With hands in the position of subduing Mara Haw Pha Kaew, Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Back of Haw Pha Kaew Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Funny face On ground level behind Haw Pha Kaew. (I have no idea why it's there or what it represents.) Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Another Buddha image Haw Pha Kaew Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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President's Palace, front Built to house the French colonial governor, it's now used mainly for governmental ceremonies. Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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President's Palace, back corner Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Monks walking past an empty villa Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Fruit stand Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Lao National Cultural Hall, front Built with aid from the People's Republic of China, the Cultural Hall was opened in March 2000. It has no budget for its own presentations and simply hosts performances by visiting artists and art groups sponsored by foreign embassies. Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Lao National Cultural Hall, back corner Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Broom seller Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Restored villa, now a silk shop Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Demon guardian At the entrance to Wat Mixay Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Thats (stupas) at Wat Chanthabuli Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Staircase naga Wat Chanthabuli Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Ordination Hall (Sim) pediment Wat Chanthabuli Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Image of the Buddha protected by a naga Wat Chanthabuli Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Monks doing restoration work Wat Chanthabuli Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Tuk tuk (samlor) driver Vietiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Woman washing baby Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Little girl on motorbike Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Waiter/waitress on a break Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Patuxay or Victory Gate, front corner This is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Vientiane. Fashioned after the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, it commemorates fallen heroes who fought for independence from France. It was built in 1969 with cement purchased from the United States that was supposed to be used for the construction of a new airport. Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Patuxay or Victory Gate, front Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Ceiling Patuxay or Victory Gate Laos – Vientiane

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Large sconce Patuxay or Victory Gate Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Top of gate The gate leads to Pha That Luang Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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King Setthathirat It was King Setthatirat who, in 1560, moved the capital of Laos from Luang Prabang to Vientiane because of the threat of invasion from the Burmese. In the background is Pha That Luang. Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Gatehouse To Pha That Luang Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Pha That Luang The most important religious building in Laos, Pha That Luang, the "Great Sacred Stupa", also has great spiritual significance for the Lao people, having been considered the symbol of Lao independence and sovereignty since the time of Lan Xang, the Kingdom of a Million Elephants, in the mid 16th century. Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Image of the Buddha with naga Pha That Luang Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Temple next to Pha That Luang Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Ordination Hall (Sim) next to Pha That Luang Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Buddha image in front of the Ordination Hall (Sim) Near Pha That Luang Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Naga at the corner Ordination Hall (Sim) near Pha That Luang Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Game of checkers On the grounds of Pha That Luang Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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View thru front doors of Wat Inpeng Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Doors, close up Wat Inpeng Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Kuti (monks' residence) Wat Inpeng Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Wat Ong Teu at sunset Wat Ong Teu Mahawihan (Temple of the Heavy Buddha) was originally built in the 16th century by King Setthathirat, the builder of Pha That Luang. Like the Great Stupa, it was destroyed in the Siamese invasion of 1828 and was rebuilt in the 19th century. Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Homes on the riverbank The Mekong River, in the background, covers this area during the rainy season. Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Aerobics class As the sun goes down and the heat is less intense Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Soccer game On the bank of the Mekong River as the sun begins to set. Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Sunset by the Mekong There are many small outdoor restaurants on the riverbank. During the rainy season, the water covers the area up to where the people are sitting. Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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Sunset on Fa Ngum Road This road runs parallel to the Mekong riverbank. Vientiane, Laos Laos – Vientiane

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The End Laos – Vientiane The Dok Champa (Plumeria ) Lao’s national flower

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