Photographer's Note

Pha That Luang is the jewel in the crown of the temples of Vientiane, capital city of the land locked nation of Laos. Construction began in 1566 ad when King Setthatirat moved the capital from Luang Prabang to Vientiane, after defeating the Khmers.

It was subsequently damaged after repeated Burmese & Thai invasions,(1828) & rediscovered by Frenchman Louis Delaporte in 1867 in an overgrown state.

The French tried to reconstruct it in 1900 (inaccurately), but it wasn't until 1931-1935 ad, that a serious reconstruction was completed by a French University, using sketches from Delaporte. The Lao claim that they reconstructed it. Either way, it is now the symbol of Laos. I removed some powerlines.

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Additional Photos by Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15680 W: 1055 N: 32803] (152524)
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