There are a mixture of new and old Buddhist temples in Laos, the oldest temples were built thousands of years ago and many have been destroyed during battles.
Buddhist temples are built to serve primarily as centres of worship because most Laotians follow Buddhism. Temples are also the home of Buddhist monks because they can't live in houses like ordinary people.
The past Kings of Laos also lived in temples but now they are no longer with us, these ancient temples have been transformed into museums to preserve and remember Lao history.
Not only are Buddhist temples a living place for monks but they are also used as a burial ground for dead people. If you enter the temple area, you will notice all the graves around the temple. The ashes of the cremated body are kept here.
Wherever you go in Laos, you will come across a Buddhist temple because there are so many of them and they serve many purposes. Some are small and some are big temples. A few important and well known temple sites in Laos include That Luang, Wat Sisaket, Wat Phakeo and Wat Phu which was put on the world cultural heritage list by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2003.