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Patuxai Gate – A Paris in the Heart of Vientiane, Laos

Patuxai is formerly called the Anousavary or Anosavari Monument, and known by the French as Monument Aux Morts. It is the famous architecture, art, and sculpture in Vientiane Laos, located between the boundary of Vientiane street and Pha That Luang Temple or That Luang Stupa.

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Patuxai is translated literally into Victory Gate or Gate of Triumph and has the style resembling the Arc de Triumph in Paris. However, it has distinctive features of Lao design with the decoration of mythological creatures such as the Kinnari in the form of half – female and bird.


Patuxai Gate was built in 1957 and completed in 1968 by the drawing of a Laotian architect; Tham Sayasthsena with the estimated expense of 63 million kip and the support of American funds. This monument was built to dedicate those who died in the dependence war from France in 1949 as well as soldiers taken part in the World War II. This is the origin of the name Anousavali, which means memory.

The communist Pathet Lao renamed the Patuxay monument to honor their victory in May 1975 of the struggle against the ancient monarchy and officially ruled by installing a half-Vietnamese prime minister.


Patuxai Gate is designed with five towers, which express the five Buddhist principles of “thoughtful amiability, flexibility, honesty, honor and prosperity” as well as the symbol of five principles of solidarity among nations in the world. The monument’s interior is gorgeously adorned with painted walls and ceilings drawing gods, goddesses, and elephants as well.

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Also, the monument has the gateways on four faces toward the four directions of East, West, South, North, in which the East – West gateways overlooking the Lang Xang Avenue, which takes place ceremonial national parades. In addition, the monument is designed with the pond in front of each gate. These four ponds depict the open section of a lotus flower (representing Laotian’s reverence to the brave warriors of the country). Statues of a Naga King, the mythical symbol of Laos are also decorated at the corners of the four gateways along with the huge fountain.

Patuxai Gate owns seven floors that contain administrative offices as well as a gift shop (on the first floor), a museum (on the second floor which is an important area showing statues and pictures of the iconic heroes and heroines of the nation) and the upper viewing galleries.

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Besides, there are four towers decorated with murals of foliage at the four corners of the next level, which is an open space. These towers are also designed with a stairway and equipped with electric lights which used for lighting in the national day and other important festivals.

Moreover, there is a central larger tower with a staircase allowing you climb the top floor to enjoy the charming sceneries of the whole city, Vientiane Laos. A telescope is also provided.

Furthermore, Patuxai Gate is also more attractive by the outdoor gardens named the Park Patuxai. This park is lively adorned with palm trees and ponds of lotus flowers, but the most notable is the musical fountain system, donated by Chinese people. This is a popular site to take a walk around in the afternoons for many visitors.

Opening Hours:

• 8h00 am – 16h30 pm from Mondays to Fridays.
• 8h00 am – 17h00 pm from Saturdays to Sundays.

Admission fee: you can just spend 3.000 kip (38 US cents) to climb to the top of Patuxai.
Location: Situated at the end of the grand Lane Xang Avenue in Vientiane – the capital of Laos.

How to get to the Patuxai Gate: you can get by tuk-tuk, bicycle, or on foot.

• 20.000 kip/person depending on the distance.

Source: Laos tour operator

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