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Pha That Luang (Great Stupa in Lao) is the most famous landmark in Vientiane, the capital of Laos.

It was built in the 16th century on the ruins of an earlier 13th century Khmer temple, which the Lao believe was in turn built on a 3rd century Indian temple built by Buddhist missionaries.

After the Thai invasion of 1828 Pha That Luang was left abandonned. It was restored in 1900 by the French.

The architecture of the building includes many references to Lao culture and identity, and has become a symbol of Lao nationalism.

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