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Champasak

Listed under Historic Towns and Villages in Laos.

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As he former royal seat of Laos, Champasak is a small city laden charm and allure. Everything in town is easily accessible via the riverside streets and the fountain circle in the middle of main street. Venture outside the main centre of town for the Angkor-period ruins of Wat Phu Champasak. Wandering the streets, visitors will be stuck by the French colonial era buildings standing side by side with the traditional wooden houses of the region, and livestock roam the street along with the cars making this a city that is truly stuck between two worlds.

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Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape

The Champasak cultural landscape, including the Vat Phou Temple complex, is a remarkably well-preserved planned landscape more than 1,000 years old. It was shaped to express the Hindu vision of the relationship between nature and humanity, using an axis from mountain top to river bank to lay out a geometric pattern of temples, shrines and waterworks extending over some 10 km. Two planned cities on the banks of the Mekong River are also part of the site, as well as Phou Kao mountain. The whole represents a development ranging from the 5th to 15th centuries, mainly associated with the Khmer Empire.

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