The Mysterious Plain Of Jars In Laos

by Exotissimo Travel, Nov 18, 2009 | Destinations: Laos
Plain of Jars, Laos

Plain of Jars, Laos

Plain of Jars, Laos

The Plain of Jars is a large group of archaeological sites containing stone jars estimated to be as much as two thousand years old. These relics have survived all the elements including looters, weather and bombings. The story behind these marvels remains shrouded in mystery and legend.

Some suggest these jars were used for cremation of the Austro-Asiatic people who lived there because sites of similar funeral urns were excavated in Northern India and Vietnam. The jars suggest that there could have been a caravan route through these countries.

Local inhabitants though suggest that the jars were used for brewing alcohol after a battle celebration. According to legend, a race of giants has once populated the area and an ancient king fought a long and hard battle against them and won. In celebration, the king built these jars and brewed rice whisky in them.

The historical artifacts are a marvel to see and hold as much intrigue and mystery as Stonehenge in the U.K.

There are more than 400 sites spread across the Plain of Jars but visitors should proceed with caution. There are unexploded bombs in the area as a result of past wars, but a tour guide who knows the area well can escort you around safely.

You should also go to the scenic rice fields and pagodas in the nearby town.

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Fact File:

Exotissimo arranges tours of the Plain of Jars.

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