That Dam Stupa

Located on a square right at the heart of Vientiane, That Dam, a large stupa remarkably looking at the past of Laos, is one of Vientiane ‘s most famous historical landmarks. The architecture of That Dam is unique, not only in the capital city Vientiane but also in Laos.

That Dam Stupa 1

According to a legend, Laos people believe that That Dam stupa is home to a dragon with 7 heads who protects Vientiane against the Siamese invasion. Nowadays, the holy dragon still sleeps silently inside the stupa.

People do not know exactly when That Dam was built. Over the centuries, the vegetation has overgrown the bricks and stones, so its nickname is “Black stupa” that preserves the relics of Buddhist or an important monk.

That Dam Stupa 2

To visit That Dam, you can go on foot, rent a bicycle, traveling by tuk-tuk or use a private car to explore other highlights of Vientiane in a day such as Patuxai, Wat Si Saket, Haw Prakeo, Buddha Park

Climate, the best time to visit

Vientiane has a tropical climate with 2 main distinct seasons: dry and wet. The averages temperature ranges from 24°C to 37°C. Therefore, you can visit That Dam stupa any time in the year. During the daytime hours, you will get a better view of the bell-shaped site but in the evening, you still can enjoy the mystical stupa in colorful artificial lights from nearby bars and restaurants.

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