Advantages Interesting monument with an unusual history
Disadvantages None really except it could be VERY hot inside
This is a sort of triumphal gate or arch way a little like the l’Arc du Triomphe in Paris and is ranked as number 17 of 115 things to do or see while in Vientiane, Laos. The arch like monument known as Patuxai is at the end Lang Xang Avenue which runs from Herkam palace to the That Luang Stupa and this road is also sometimes called "the Champs Elysees of Vientiane".
Rather strangely the monument was built with funds from the USA and in the 1960s cement actually originally intended to build an airfield during the Vietnam War was used The US funds were given to the Laotian government to construct an Airport for the city but the government decided they would prefer to use the funds to build this monument!The monument was designed by a Laotian architect Mr. Tham Sayasthsena. His design was chosen from many submitted and he was paid the grand sum of 30,000 kips for the design. The original cost of building the monument however was considerably more. The building began 1957 and at the time it was estimated that building would cost 63 million kips but we were not told what it actually did cost in the end but no doubt the USA funds and cement contribution helped considerably.
We had a driver and guide to ourselves in Vientiane and so we were able to be dropped off right at the monument with the guide. We walked down to one end of the small park area to the Peace Gong first which was a huge gong under a sort of roof a bit like an old fashioned well. This gong was presented to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic by the World Peace Committee of the Republic of Indonesia in November 2008. The gong was gold and all around the gong were small images of all the flags of the world. The gong was directly in line with the centre of the larger Putaxai monument.
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