Inside Patouxay

Patouxay is my former playground. I used to walk and bike from my old house up the street from the monument. All those years of playing under the arch I didn’t get a chance to go up to the top of the monument due to safety reason. My parents didn’t think it was safe enough for us to climb the not so stable stairs back in the late 80’s. Back then the area is not as clean and it is today and with no water fountains and nice bench chairs to sit on. When I came back to Laos in 2007, I only visited Patouxay during the night time.


Inside Patouxay

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Souvenir Shop Inside Patouxay Souvenir Shop Inside Patouxay

Souvenir Shop Inside Patouxay

Souvenir Shop Inside Patouxay

Souvenir Shop Inside Patouxay

Souvenir Shop Inside Patouxay

Souvenir Shop Inside Patouxay

Souvenir Shop Inside Patouxay

Souvenir Shop Inside Patouxay

Souvenir Shop Inside Patouxay

Souvenir Shop Inside Patouxay Inside Patouxay

Inside Patouxay Inside Patouxay

Inside Patouxay

Inside Patouxay

Inside Patouxay

Inside Patouxay Inside Patouxay

Inside Patouxay

Inside Patouxay Inside Patouxay

Inside Patouxay

For the first time in my life I had a chance to see what they are keeping inside the monument. There were plenty of clothes and souvenirs to distract us during our stair climbing to the top level of Patouxay Monument. I took as much photos as I could without flash since I didn’t want to disturb anyone.

3 Comments

  1. This place lack a sense of meaningfulness. I forgot how many shop it was here. Not counting those on the bottom there are 3 (maybe 4) shops altogether.  Plus I did not like the graffiti ( that is what I call them) allover the wall on top of this place.

    I think if the power that be want to make this monument something meaningful, they should get rid of those vendors and clean up the graffiti.

    Did you see a a swarm of photographers and portable printer all over this place? They were everywhere. I saw them at Wat Sisaket and Thatluang too.

  2. Hi Dallas,

    I know what you mean about that, not to mention a group of teenagers hanging out at night and you can guess what they are doing under the darkness. I saw one girl who kept fighting off her male friend as he was putting a move on her.

    Sidney’s grandmother will bring up the subject of the lighting and the graffiti at the next meeting. But you know who those offenders are, the tourists that painted the graffiti, and they also throw trash everywhere with no care. There should be no food or drink up there.

    The photographers have always been a part of Lao temples and festivals but now they are at every major tourist attraction spots. They are also the reason why we have to pay for a camera fee when entering many places in Laos because they think we are there to cut in their profits when we have our own camera and not willing to pay a fee for entering That Luang Ground for example and we have to pay 35,000 Kips to 40,000 Kips. The money that they collected are divided among those people in the union. Imagine Boun That Luang and collecting the fees for all those who visited the festival. The only day we didn’t have to pay for entering the ground was during day time on Haire Pasad Pheung day.

    These places have assigned worker to take care of the place and collecting fees like that family at Hor Phra Keo and a few people at Wat Sisaket. They don’t have the man power for whatever reason to enforce the rules.

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