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Vientiane

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The Laotian capital is a striking contrast to Luang Prabang. By Laotian standards, Vientiane has a buzz: cars and trucks everywhere, lots of activity on the streets, commerce that does not just seem to depend on the tourist industry. A real city as opposed to an ancient capital but by global standards still an unassuming backwater. It has some of the country's most important buildings the glorious Wat Sisaket and Wat Phra Keao, and That Luang, a stupa that is said to be the holiest Buddhist site in Laos, its gold finish shining out against the blue, blue sky.
Buddha image, Wat Sisaket
Buddha image, Wat Sisaket
Wat Sisaket sim
Wat Sisaket sim
Wat Sisaket
Wat Sisaket
Bronze Buddha, Wat Sisaket
Bronze Buddha, Wat Sisaket
Tiny bronze Buddhas
Tiny bronze Buddhas
'Calling the Earth Goddess to Witness'
'Calling the Earth Goddess to Witness'
Wat Sisaket sim
Wat Sisaket sim
Wat Sisaket
Wat Sisaket
Unrestored library
Unrestored library
Bronze Buddha
Bronze Buddha
Bronze Buddha
Bronze Buddha
Bronze Buddha
Bronze Buddha
Bronze Buddha
Bronze Buddha
Wat Phra Keao
Wat Phra Keao
That Luang stupa
That Luang stupa
That Luang stupa
That Luang stupa
That Luang stupa
That Luang stupa
That Luang stupa
That Luang stupa
King Setthathirat Statue
King Setthathirat Statue