In the heart of the magical city of Vientiane there is a golden stupa that is more impressive than any other I have seem. The Capital of Laos is home to Pha That Luang. This magnificent temple is thought to possible be 1800 years old, though it has undergone many reconstructions. The most recent rebuild was in the 1930s. Constant states of warfare and turmoil have seen this temple desecrated many times.
It is believed locally that it started life as a Hindu temple in the 4rd century. Buddhist missionaries arrived from the Mauryan Empire arrived with, it is rumoured, the breast bone of the Buddha. It was rebuilt as a Buddhist shrine, and the breast bone laid to rest. King Settathirat established Vientiane as the capital city and in 1566 ordered that the The Shrine of Pha That Luang be rebuilt in its current location. Eventually after much turmoil it fell upon the French to restore it to its original desi