March 7, 2013

Patuxai - Lang Xang Avenue, Vientianne Laos

War Memorial

My next stop was Patuxai, a war memorial on Lang Xang Avenue in Vientianne. The monument was built to honor those who fought for independence from France. It resembles the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and hence it is called Patuxai Arch or the Arc de Triomphe of Vientiane.


In spite of this resemblance, the monument was Laotian in design. It is decorated with mythological creatures like kinnari (half-female, half-bird) . Source: Wiki




Full view of Patuxai


Archway



That's me bundled up for the day. The weather was rather cool while I was there. Quite surprising.



A worker fixing the wiring of the musical fountain.


Interior decoration depicting the gods Vishnu, Brahma and Indra











View of Lang Xang Avenue from the top


View of the garden



The City


Benches at the garden





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