Patuxay (Patuxai)
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View Over Vientiane
A plaque at the base of the Patuxay in Vientiane seems to disparage the monument, calling it an unimpressive 'monster of concrete'. Built with American funds intended for a new airport, it is dedicated to the Lao who fought for independence from France and remains unfinished. At the top, I watched as three novice monks vied for a better look over the ancient capital; in that moment, it was easy to forget about the imperfect monument and the violent past it represents and think instead of Laos' future.
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