Shopping in Vientiane

  Vientiane means “fortress of sandalwood” in the local language. Entering Vientiane for the first time is far from the modern city that everyone imagines. Basically, there is not much metropolitan atmosphere here. There are really limited places to go in Vientiane, nothing more than temples connected to temples, but this is a very good shopping mall. Commodities are extremely rich in local characteristics and the prices are cheap. Vientiane is a place where you can see traces of Chinese culture everywhere. Many shops have Chinese signboards. Shopping here gives people a sense of intimacy.
  Vientiane is the most concentrated and developed city in Laos. In recent years, many large-scale comprehensive shopping malls have been built. Among them, the morning market is relatively famous and is a must-see for tourists in Vientiane. It is very similar to the farmers’ market in my country in the 1980s and 1990s, with simple settings but complete goods. Many of the products are made in China, which attracts our attention even more.
  Morning Market is located on Lancang Road in Vientiane City, it is a building with three green roofs. It can be said to be the largest department store in Laos, with everything from daily necessities to traditional handicrafts. The morning market is actually not only open in the morning, but until evening. It mainly deals in Laotian textiles and traditional clothing. The most attractive ones are all kinds of traditional craft brocade, rare wood products and silverware of ethnic crafts, etc. The price is not expensive.
  I wandered around in the morning market, I like the local handicrafts the most, the workmanship is particularly delicate and exquisite, especially the gold powder Buddha paintings, which are very realistic and let people put it down. Because Laos is one of the countries where Buddhism is widely spread, Buddhist-related handicrafts are produced all over the country. Gold powder Buddha painting is one of them, and its content mostly represents Buddhist stories. The painter mixes the paint with gold powder and paints on the wooden board or silk cloth. After drying, the picture is shiny and the color does not fade for a long time. Since my mother believed in Buddhism, she liked these paintings about Buddhism very much, so I bought a lot of them. The stall owner saw that I was a “big customer”, so he only started to serve me, and constantly signaled the tour guide to let me choose, completely ignoring it. other tourists around me.
  In addition, colored oil-paper umbrellas, brocade cloth and wood products are all local specialties. In front of the umbrella stand, various colored oil-paper flower umbrellas are stretched out in rows, and the little girl who buys an umbrella is squatting in it. It is a very beautiful oil painting. He sold it to me, so I picked one. Although there was no rain, the umbrella was spinning in my hand, holding it up to block the scorching sun. There are many local handicrafts for children, such as Buddhist beads, bracelets, rosary beads and puppets, which are very cute. I couldn’t help choosing a few for my daughter. They are cheap and very memorable.
  The face value of the Lao currency kip is not large, and 1 US dollar can be exchanged for more than 10,000 kip in the bank. Many of us exchange 100 RMB for local banknotes, which can be exchanged for thick stacks of kip. Shopping in Vientiane, the feeling of “spending a lot of money” is really refreshing. In the morning, the market is very big, and when I turn around, I want to buy everything, and before I know it, it is already a big bag. The tour guide signaled that it was time for us to go back to the hotel, but there were still many tourists who kept haggling with the seller. Shopping in Vientiane really makes people feel nostalgic.

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