|The "Black Stupa" of That Dam is not actually black|
but covered with moss and soot. Its just around
the corner of Fountain Square and the US Embassy.
Vientiane is the capital city of Laos, and although it does not have the old world charm of Luang Prabang, it is still a venue for temple-hopping. The old city centre is very compact, and most of the temples and religious sites are located on and around Settathirat Road. A busy morning of walking could see one covering all the little temples, although more time is required to appreciate Wat Sisaket, Ho Prakeo and That Luang.
|Wat Haysoke is on the north side of Settathirat Road,|
where most of the backpacker inns are located.
|Wat Mixai is one the south side of Settathirat Road,|
almost directly opposite Wat Haysoke.
|Wat Ong Teu is adjacent to Wat Mixai,|
and has a quite distinctive facade with lights.
|Wat In Peng is one block west of Wat Ong Teu,|
and boasts of a gilded facade and nice murals
|The Ho Prakeo is a must visit,|
now part of the Presidential Palace complex.
|Antiquities adorn the corridors of Ho Prakeo.|
Only the Emerald Buddha,
"borrowed" by Thailand, is still missing.
|Wat Sisaket is the oldest surviving temple in Vientiane.|
|The cloisters of Wat Sisaket are lined|
with thousands of Buddhas.
|On the far eastern end of Settathirat Road is Wat Simuang,|
the site of the city pillar.
|The city pillar in Wat Simuang,|
and the new temple built to house it (right).
|The temple just adjacent to That Luang|
is just as picturesque.