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March 23, 2021

20 Fascinating Color Photos Capture Street Scenes of Vientiane in the 1960s

Vientiane is the capital and largest city of Laos, on the banks of the Mekong River near the border with Thailand. It became the capital in 1573, due to fears of a Burmese invasion, but was later looted, then razed to the ground in 1827 by the Siamese (Thai).

Vientiane was the administrative capital during French rule and, due to economic growth in recent times, is now the economic center of Laos.

Vientiane is noted as the home of the most significant national monuments in Laos – That Luang – which is a known symbol of Laos and an icon of Buddhism in Laos. Other significant Buddhist temples in Laos can be found there as well, such as Haw Phra Kaew, which formerly housed the Emerald Buddha.

These fascinating color photos were taken by Jack L Green that show street scenes of Vientiane in the 1960s.


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