Location: Central Laos
Administration: Capital of Laos
Total Area: 3,920 square kilometers
Administration Division: The Capital is divided into 09 Districts namely Chanthabouly, Sikhottabong, Xaysettha, Sisattanak, Naxaithong, Xaythany, Hadxaifong, Sangthong & Pak Ngum
A short history of Vientiane
Dating back from 10th century, Vientiane was been governed, conquered and sacked by the Khmer, Siamese, Burmese and Vietnamese at one time or other after it had been integrated into the first Lao kingdom known as Lan Xang, meaning the ‘Land of a Million Elephants’.
In 1560, Vientiane was relocated into the capital under the dynasty of King Setthathirath, that made its position to the next level. He built the impressive That Luang Stupa on the site of an ancient Khmer temple east of the city. Nowadays, this Buddhist icon still remains Laos major symbol and important center for its Buddhist festivals. Unfortunately, undergoing the Siamese invasion in the late 1800s, Buddhist temple in Vientiane was damaged mostly, only one was left standing, Wat Sisaket, built in 1818.
Until the late 19th century, Laos was colonized by the French as a part of their Indochina plan, Vientiane has been recovered because the French made it the capital of their new colony. As the result, almost architecture and buildings in Vientiane has been constructed since this period. Many temples have been rebuilt and become an integral part of daily life currently.
Today, Vientiane is experiencing a rapid development into a modern city with a blend of old and new.