World Heritage Sites in Laos

Luang Prabang

(19.87 N 102.13 E) -- satellite image

A former capital of the realm, known in the 13th century as "the Kingdom of millions of elephants." It is the site of over 20 Buddhist pagodas including the Phou Si which is said to enshrine the footprint of Buddha.

There are many temples (wats)

and many monks.

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Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape

(14.73 N 105.70 E) --
satellite image

Wat Phou (Vat Phu) is a ruined Khmer temple complex in southern Laos located at the base of mount Phu Kao. It was shaped to express the Hindu vision of the relationship between nature and humanity, using an axis from mountain top to river bank to lay out a geometric pattern of temples, shrines and waterworks extending over 10 km.

Megalithic Jar Sites in Xiengkhuang - Plain of Jars

(19.431 N 103.152 E) -- satellite image

The Plain of Jars, located on a plateau in central Laos, gets its name from more than 2,100 tubular-shaped megalithic stone jars used for funerary practices in the Iron Age.

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Last Updated: August 13, 2021