Sacred Heart Cathedral


Also known as Vientiane Cathedral, this is the spiritual home of Catholicism in Laos, built during the French colonial period in 1928.

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3. Wat Si Saket

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