Photographer's Note

The Presidential Palace is the official residence of the President of Laos, and is located on the banks of the Mekong River in the capital city, Vientiane.

The building was first started in 1973 by the then Royal Lao Government on the grounds that used to house the royal residence. It was designed by local architect Khamphoung Phonekeo but due to political change brought about by the takeover of the communist Pathet Lao in 1975, the building was not completed until much later. The Presidential Palace finally opened its door in 1986 and even then only as a venue for government functions and ceremonies.

The Presidential Palace is not to be confused with the official home of the Lao president which is located in the Vientiane suburb of Ban Phonthan.

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