For centuries the best architects in the land have focussed their attention on Buddhist temples. The results are most impressive in Luang Prabang where a plethora of styles and types await the interested traveller. However, it’s not only in temples that Laos has its own peculiar architectural traditions. The that (stupas) found in Laos are different to those found anywhere else in the Buddhist world. Stupas are essentially monuments built on top of a reliquary which itself was built to hold a relic of the Buddha – commonly a hair or fragment of bone. Laos has its own unique style of stupa combining hard edges and comely curves. The most famous of all Lao stupas is the golden Pha That Luang in Vientiane. It is the national symbol.