Black Stupa (That Dam)

Attraction Black Stupa Published on: 13-11-2015

30 mins
09:00 AM
09:30 AM
Second-time visit
Attraction
Cultural
Kids
Free
Architecture
Temple & Monument
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That Dam is popularly known to this monument in Vientiane as the Stupa black, due to the dark color that has acquired the stupa with the passage of time.

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Why Black Stupa (That Dam) is special ?

Known as the ‘Black Stupa', many locals believe this mythological structure was once inhabited by a seven-headed dragon (now dormant) that stood to protect the city from the threat of the Siamese. Another tale that does the rounds says that the gold that once graced the surface was taken when the Siamese army ransacked Vientiane back in 1828.


As if to serve as a memorial to that terrible act, the crumbling and weather-worn That Dam stands forlorn, neglected and un-loved. There are no glittering embellishments typical of similar establishments in neighbouring Southeast Asian countries; no worshippers come here to pray.


The brick stupa overgrown with vegetation was once completely plastered, most of it has crumbled off. It is not known when the That Dam was built. Centuries ago stupas were built to enshrine Buddhist relics or ashes of a King or an important monk.


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What to explore at Black Stupa (That Dam)?

The old, weathered stupa is found on a square in the middle of a roundabout near the Talat Sao, Vientiane’s morning market in the center of town.

Legend, folklore, and history all combine to make this structure a curious and charming place to visit. It makes a change from most religious sites in nearby Thailand, for example, where stupas and temples are endlessly renovated and rebuilt, and history, at best, is lost and buried deep within them.

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How to get to Black Stupa (That Dam)?

The black stupa is found in the middle of the roundabout that connects Chantha Khoumane road and Bartholonie road about halfway between the Patuxai monument and the Mekong river. Much of the town center can be covered on foot. A pleasant way to get around in Vientiane is by bicycle; one can be rented at about 10,000 Kip per day.

Tuk tuk prices in the downtown area are upward from 20,000 Kip per person and depend on your bargaining efforts and the number of people in the group. If a shared tuk tuk is not full, it will stop along the way to pick up other passengers and detours are possible. If you book one private, expect to pay double or triple the shared rate.

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Selling points

  • “The Different Stupa”
  • “A reminder of the culture”
  • “Ancient Stupa”
  • "A huge stupa in the middle of the road”
  • “Historic and Cool.”
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  • A pleasant way to get around in Vientiane is by bicycle; one can be rented at about 10,000 Kip per day.
    Transportation
  • Tuk tuk prices in the downtown area are upward from 20,000 Kip per person and depend on your bargaining efforts and the number of people in the group.
    Transportation
  • If a shared tuk tuk is not full, it will stop along the way to pick up other passengers and detours are possible
    Transportation
  • If you're walking by stop and have a look but don't go out of your way, there is not much to see.
    What to see
  • Many restaurants and wine bars that surrounded the Black Stupa
    Food
  • You don't need to go for special visit for this stupa!
    Experience
  • This monument is not illuminated, by what it's recommended to visitThat Dam during daylight hours.
    Timming
  • Not have to pay admission to visit the stupa That Dam, is free and open access.
    Ticket and Pricing

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Quite surreal, overgrown with moss, in the middle of the street with a wee overgrown grass verge around it and when you walk round the back a cluster of flowers and candles making a wee shrine. A human feel to a static structure. I liked it

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This old Stupa is interesting to see and shows something of the long history of Laos and Vientiane. Good for some pictures...

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Nothing special, nothing really around it and no explanation as to what its historica significance is. If you dont make it here you re not missing anything

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Quite surreal, overgrown with moss, in the middle of the street with a wee overgrown grass verge around it and when you walk round the back a cluster of flowers and candles making a wee shrine. A human feel to a static structure. I liked it

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