There’s a site in Laos shrouded in mystery. Yes, even until today, the full extent of this place remains unknown. This is none other than the Plain of Jars. You are not the only one with questions. Scientists and archaeologists still haven’t found the answers to this site. What are these jars for? Who put them there? When are they built?
As the name suggests, the Plain of Jars is an archaeological site containing numerous large jars. It is not quite known how old they are, but experts have predicted them to be at or around 2000 years old. This makes it a fascinating place to shed some light on Southeast Asian prehistory. And experts have made some connections between this site and similar ones found in Northern India and Vietnam. The ones there are quite similar and known to be used for cremation purposes. Perhaps there is a caravan route between all these countries.
The locals, however, believe the jars are used to store drinks, especially alcohol. 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.
More than 90 sites are known within the province of Xieng Khouang. Each may contain anywhere between one or 400 stone jars. As you make your way between the relics and sites, perhaps you can conjure up your own theory as to the existence of these mysterious artifacts. They surely are a marvel to see and hold as much intrigue and mystery as Stonehenge in the U.K.
Most of come to view the Plain of Jars do so from the nearby town of Phonsavan. Find out more with our Plain of Jars tour. And while you’re in the country, why not experience Laos and see for yourself why the country is perhaps the world’s most relaxed and laid back.
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