Laos: Pha That Luang Festival


That Luang Stupa is very sacred to the Lao people. It is believed that a breast bone of the Buddha is enshrined here. It was built over an ancient stupa in the 16th century, by King Setthathirath when he moved the capital of the Lane Xang Kingdom from Luang Prabang to Vientiane. It has since become the symbol of Laos and is revered by all Lao people. Every year around the full moon day of November a 3-day festival takes place here to pay homage to the stupa and the Buddha.

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