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Wat Phou, Laos


Wat Phou in Laos is one of the areas that have been given improved satellite imagery on Google Earth. The new satellite imagery should be extended to Google Maps this week. In anticipation of the update we bring you a video map of the temple.

Wat Phou (Vat Phu) is a ruined Khmer temple complex in southern Laos. It is located at the base of mount Phu Kao, some 6 km from the Mekong river in Champassak province. There was a temple on the site as early as the 5th century, but the surviving structures date from the 11th to 13th centuries. The temple has a unique structure, in which the elements lead to a shrine where a linga was bathed in water from a mountain spring. The site later became a centre of Theravada Buddhist worship, which it remains today.

View a video of Wat Phou on Google Maps

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