Laos Country Profile
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Laos is a landlocked country located in Southeast Asia.
It covers an area of 236,800 km2 and recorded a population of 7.062 million.
The capital city is Vientiane. It has many Shrines like Wat Si Saket with thousands of images of Buddha and Wat Si Muang.
There is also the Luang Prabang city that was an ancient royal capital with Buddhist temples such as Wat Xieng and Wat Mai which have lasted since the 16th century.
Wat Aham in Louangphrabang.
Laos became a French protectorate in 1893 and ruled till 1945 during the Second World War when the Japanese invaded them. After the second world war, the French went back in 1946 till 1953 when the country gained its independence.
The culture is mostly influenced by the India, Cambodian and Thailand cultures.
The major crops include rice, soybeans, tobacco, peanuts, cotton, sugarcane, tea and coffee.
The country’s national dish is leap; other dishes are Lao noodle soup, baguettes, minced pork salad and French food.
The wild animals living in Laos include the Asian elephant, pot-bellied pig, tiger, sun bear, leopard cat, rhinoceros, gaur, kouprey, leopard cat and golden cat.
Annual events/ celebrations/ festivals
Pia Mia is Lao New Year festival conducted from 14th– 16th April with water fight activities.
Boun Bung Fai festival is conducted to plead the spirits to end the hot season and bring on rains.
Bon Wat Phou festival has activities such as boat racing, cockfighting and dancing.
Things to see
Laos is famous for its famous French colonial architecture and the Buddhist monasteries. The country’s geography is mountainous, forested and has waterfalls like Tad Fane and Dong Hua Sao.
Vientiane landmarks include The Pha That Luang monument which is the country’s national symbol that houses Buddha’s breastbone. It also has Patuxai war memorial and Tala Sao which sells foods and clothing.
The Buddhist temples which have lasted for ages are places to explore in Vientiane city.
Laos is a landlocked country but it has islands called Si Phan Don on Mekong River.
Laos’s main religion is Theravada Buddhism.
The Laotians are sticky rice consumers worldwide.
Laos is the most bomb attacked country in the whole world. The capital was bombed by the US during the Vietnam War.
Laos is bordered on the east by Vietnam, on the southeast by Cambodia, on the west and southwest by Thailand and the northwest by China and Myanmar.
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