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Photo: Stupa in That Luang

That Luang, a large Stupa on a hill in the Northeast of the city, is one of the most important religious sites in Laos. Legends claim that in the 3rd century, emissaries of the Buddhist Indian Emperor Asoka had built a Stupa here, containing a relic of the Buddha. Archaeological excavations, however, could not provide proof. Found instead were remains of a Khmer temple dating back to the time between the 11th and the 13th centuries. The present Stupa was constructed during the reign of King Setthathirat, in 1566. However, it was several times damaged or destroyed, then reconstructed.