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Vat Phou (wat phu) Destinations

Vat Phou is a ruined Khmer Hindu temple complex in southern Laos. It is located at the base of mount Phu kao, some 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the Mekong Rover in Champasak Province

The temple has a unique structure, inwhich the elements lead to a shrine where a lingam dedicated to Lord Shiva was bathed in water from a mountain spring, At the foot of Wat Phou is the ancient city of Shestupura, which was settled in the 5th century AD, and is believed to be the oldest urban settlement in Southeast Asia., but the surviving structures date from the 11th to 13th centuries

Vat Phou Complex

Associated with this religious complex, on the banks of the Mekong, is a pre-Angkorian city, the remains of which (large earthen enclosure walls, brick monuments) are barely visible on the ground,

The site along with other outlining temple was inscribed on UNESCO’s world heritage List as Wat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasack Cultural landscape on 14 December 2001

The sanctuary of the temple still remains today