Sacred Heart Cathedral


This modest, tin-roofed building isn't much to look at from the outside, but the one-of-a-kind paintings inside are the reason to visit. They show Jesus in various spots around southern Laos, including Wat Phu Champasak and Khon Phapheng Falls, and having a last supper of sticky rice and traditional Lao foods.

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