If you’re visiting Asia and want to see a local version of Paris’ famous Arc de Triomphe, then head off to Vientiane, Laos. Here, you can see the Patuxai Monument in Vientiane – Laos.
The Patuxai Monument in Vientiane – Laos is located at Lang Xang Avenue, right in the city center. It stands right at the end of the avenue.
Getting into Vientiane can be through the Wattay Airport, about four kilometers off the western section of the city. There are several international flights that arrive and depart from the airport, albeit a little limited.
You can also take a train or bus from other countries such as Thailand and Vietnam; as well as other cities in the country.
Once you get to Vientiane, the city center can be explored on foot as most of the attractions are within this area; including the Patuxai Monument in Vientiane – Laos.
On the other hand, you can also take a local tuk-tuk to take you to the monument.
What to See and Do
The Patuxai Monument in Vientiane – Laos is a popular landmark in the city that was, as mentioned earlier, modeled after the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Five towers comprise the monument, depicting 5 principles of Buddhism: “thoughtful amiability, flexibility, honesty, honor and prosperity.”
There are 4 gateways on the monument, one on each side. Adorning these gateways are statues of the mythical Naga king. The ceiling is adorned with various frescoes including that of the god Vishnu.
You can climb up the spiral staircase to reach the viewing platform where you can get good views of the park surrounding the monument as well as the city center.
The Patuxai Monument in Vientiane – Laos was constructed beginning in the year 1957. The funds used to build this monument were originally intended for an airport in the city and was donated by the American government.
The Laotian government however, decided to use the money to build this monument instead.
Laotian architect Tham Sayasthsena designed the monument. His design was chosen from among the many other proposals received and submitted by various other local architects.
The name of the monument is derived from 2 words: “patu” which means “door or gateway” and “xai” derived from “jaya” which translates to “victory.” This being so, the monument is also known as Victory Gate.
There is no cost to view the Patuxai Monument in Vientiane – Laos. To climb up to the viewing platform, you will have to pay about three thousand kips.
On the first floor of the monument, there are various stalls that sell souvenirs and other novelty items. On the second floor is a small museum where you can see different statues of the men and women who played an important role in the country’s history.