Lao National Culture Hall


Huge government building that occasionally plays host to government-approved dance or musical performances.

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Nearby Vientiane attractions

1. Wat Mixai


One of a cluster of temples on the main drag, known for its Bangkok-style sǐm (ordination hall) and heavy gates, which are flanked by two nyak (guardian…

3. Wat Ong Teu Mahawihan

0.16 MILES

This temple is one of the most important in Laos. It was originally built in the mid-16th century by King Setthathirat and is believed to occupy a site…

4. Wat Xieng Nyean

0.22 MILES

This centrally located temple has a convenient entrance on Rue Fa Ngoum, the riverfront road.

5. Wat In Paeng

0.25 MILES

Wat In Paeng is famed for the artistry displayed in the stucco relief of the sǐm (ordination hall), but sees fewer visitors than its neighbouring temples…

6. Wat Chanthabuli

0.29 MILES

This beautiful riverside wat was built in the 16th century, destroyed during the Siamese invasion of 1828 and later fully restored to its present glory…

7. That Dam


That Dam sits on a quiet roundabout near the centre of Vientiane. Legend has it that this stupa was once coated in a layer of gold. The gold is said to…

8. Presidential Palace

0.35 MILES

It's not possible to go inside the Presidential Palace, as unsurprisingly it is reserved for the president and government officials. It is, however, a…