In the middle of the road, there is a free scenic spot, surrounded by a circle of duty-free tobacco and alcohol shops.
On the way, we passed the Black Pagoda on Danta Street, which is the real surviving monument of Vientiane in Laos. It was built in the 14th century and has been battled but not damaged. The round Buddhist pagoda below has weathered after years of wind and rain, and its black spire points to the clear blue sky, as if to convey the local customs to the Buddha. The Black Tower is located in the middle of the street garden. There are decorated modern cafes near the four streets. Near the Black Tower, there are many high-end cars made in Japan or Korea, as well as beepers which are very common in Laos. Again, the old and the modern are perfectly integrated in this land full of life. This is Laos, full of life breath, and this is the endless human world.
We walked in Vientiane for sight seeing and walked pass this steady ancient looked Black Stupa / That Dam in the middle of a roundabout near the morning market (Talad Sao in Laotian language). It looks alone, dark, old like it has been abandoned and has not been renovated for so long. When I came back home, I read about it and understand that That Dam was built a long time ago that no one remembers exactly when. Like in many countries, each structure often has some fastinating legends connecting to it. People said the stupa was used to be home of the seven headed snake called Naga who protected the whole town from invaders. Another legend says the stupa was covered by gold and invaders took away all, left the stupa in this condition, and local people don’t re-decorate the stupa anymore to remind them about this sad period in history. Walking pass the stupa in the late afternoon in the sunset light is very pleasant even though I did not know about its history back then.
Danta is located in the center of the Wanxiang River area, standing there, forming a turntable type of transportation hub, which can be seen clearly on the car. To tell you the truth, Danta is not very beautiful. It's dark. Unless you know his history, you can imagine his golden appearance. Only if you know his history, can you understand the meaning of Danta to the local people. It's a pagoda full of connotations.
There are also black towers translated by local translators. Nearby is the Westerners Street. The shops selling red wine are next to each other. Red wine is imported from France, no doubt. It can be a little expensive. Every time I go home, I buy it here. The owner speaks many languages. There are thousands of bottles of Tibetan wine in the shop. You should be able to find what you need.
Black Tower is also called Danta. The former is named by color, while the latter is named by transliteration. It is one of the famous scenic spots in Vientiane and the oldest historical site in Vientiane. When it was built, the tower was covered with gold foil, which was later stolen by invaders. Living nearby, I passed it when I came from the airport, and then I went to Arc de Triomphe and so on. In the circum-island where several roads intersect, traffic flows around it and then leads to all parts of the city. And it itself is really through the baptism of years and the replacement of history, the tower body is black, full of weeds, can not see the original brilliance.
Danta is a lone pagoda on Danta Street. It was built in the 14th century. It looks as if it was abandoned. It is the oldest monument in Vientiane, Laos. It is surrounded by grasslands and next to the American Embassy. The tower has been in disrepair for a long time and its appearance has begun to fade. It is said that there is a seven-headed dragon in the tower, which is the Savior of the city. It is said that the outside of the tower was originally golden, covered with a layer of gold foil, which was later stolen by the Siamese, leaving the Black-painted tower standing here alone. Strong recommendation!
The tower is made of the bones of the Thai invaders. Laotians have a saying that when the Danta collapses naturally, Thailand will perish. The Vietnamese powder next to it is very famous! Especially the golden bowl of 50,000 Kip 40 yuan a bowl, the taste component of second kills the bridge rice noodles. I want a medium bowl. Remember to be wide.
The Vientiane Black Tower is on Danta Street. It's easy to find, pass by and take some pictures. Below is Baidu search for a brief introduction to the black tower. & Danta is located in the Danta Street (That Dam), also known as the Black Tower, Vientiane's oldest monument, is a black Buddhist pagoda. Legend has it that there is a hole under the black pagoda. There is a big dragon with seven heads hidden in the cave. During the war of 1828, the people of Vientiane were protected from persecution. Laos regard the big dragon as the Savior and God of protection. It is called the Black Pagoda. When it was first built, it was called the Black Pagoda. The whole body was covered with gold foil, which was later stolen by Siamese invaders. Now there are only traces of time left.