In the Champasak Plains, on the outskirts of Pakse, we have the complex Vat Phou. It’s ruins, Temple, shrine and Museum of Khmer civilization at the foot of the mountain Phu Kao, with more than 1000 years old, reminiscent in some ways to the famous temples of Angkor. The Vat Phou Temple, also called Wat Phou or Wat Phu in Laotian, was declared World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2001.
Temple, museum and ruins of Vat Phou
Vat Phou complex rises on the banks of the Mekong River, between a stream and mountain Phu Kao, with a geometric shape perfect using natural elements such as axes. This city pre-angkoriana expresses the Hindu vision of the fusion between man and nature and is one of the best examples in the development of the Khmer civilization Laos during the V to the 15th.
The main complex of Vat Phou
Without a doubt the most beautiful part of all Vat Phou is the complex of Vat Phou. Upon arrival we found a artificial lake, which represents the ocean. The road is marked by a row of posts in stone with beautiful engravings.
After leaving behind the row of poles of rock, we have 2 rectangular buildings and a central courtyard. Even if you don’t know for sure, thought that these buildings had a religious function and that a building, hotels were designed to accommodate men and other building women. The row of stone posts ends at the foot of Phu Kao Mountain, where they begin to climb the stairs to the top of the Vat Phou complex.