Vientiane from the Patouxai
Feb 15, 2002

The Patouxai, from the top of which this picture was taken, was inspired by the Arc de Triumph in Paris. It was built to commemorate the soldiers who died fighting on the Royalists side against the Communists. To complete the picture, Lane Xang was to be the local Champs Elysees. The Royalists were forced from power before either was completed.

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nigel & julie snow