Broadbeach Waters, Australia
October 6, 2005
The original That Luang built in 1566 was in ruins from various attacks and looting. The French began reconstruction at the beginning of the last century.
The base of the stupa has walkways and stairs connecting the different levels, designed for the faithful to climb. I found it disappointing in that you were unable to use the walkways when we there. You had to be content to walk around the outside at ground level.
I must admit I did not find it that impressive. It was quite overcast when we were there so maybe we did not see the true effect with the sun striking it or I guess I am just not into lots of gold paint. Still, there is no way you could come to Vientiane and not pay it a visit.
There is also an art display along one side of the temple where local paintings could be bought but the standard was not high and some looked as though they had been there for many years!
Interestingly and making a refreshing change, there were basically no hawkers selling postcards or many other religious items that you would normally find at a site like this. That was apart from a couple of kids selling fresh bread and a couple of moto drivers.
Entry is a 1000 kip donation.
From journal Sabbai dee and sankyou very much!