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Reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the Patuxai is Vientiane's most prominent Landmark. The name can be translated with arch, door or gate of Triumph, but unlike its Parisian namesake the Patuxai boasts four, rather than two, archways. It was built in the 1960s with US-purchased cement that was supposed to have been used for the construction of a new airport. Hence it’s sometimes called ‘the vertical runway’.

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