Photographer's Note

The historical Har Pha Kaew Wat used to be the religious heart of Laos, but nowadays the Buddhist temple complex has been turned into a national monument. It is one of the most grand temples in Vientiane that formerly housed an Emerald Buddha. The building has been destroyed 3 times since it was first erected in 1556. There were too many wars between die Siamese (Thais) and Laotians. Vientiane, which in those days was not the capital of Laos, was often invaded by the Siamese. The last restoration was made during the French Colonial Period.

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