|Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic|
Visiting the Lao Revolutionary Museum and Wat Ong Teu Mahawihan. The Lao Revolutionary Museum was originally built in 1925 as the French governor’s residence, but after independence the building has been used as a royal residence, as a state guest house and as various ministerial offices before becoming a museum in 1985. For the most part, the museum contains artifacts and photos from the Pathet Lao’s lengthy struggle for power. Many of the displays consist of historic weaponry. Continue to visit Wat Ong Teu Mahawihan, one of the most important temples in all of Laos. It was originally built in the mid-16th century by King Setthathirat and as such is a contemporary of Pha That Luang, but like every temple in Vientiane (except possibly Wat Si Saket), it was destroyed in later wars, & then rebuilt in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Deputy Patriarch (Hawng Sangkhalat) of the Lao monastic order has his official residence at Wat Ong Teu and presides over the Buddhist Institute, a school for monks who come from all over Laos to study Buddhist Philosophy in the capital.