Laos was founded in the 14th century with the kingdom of Lan Xang, which means “Land of a Million Elephants.” The kingdom ruled until the 18th century, after which Laos came under Siamese (Thai) rule. After a period of French rule, Laos gained its independence in 1949.
How old is Laos country?
|Lao People’s Democratic Republic ສາທາລະນະລັດ ປະຊາທິປະໄຕ ປະຊາຊົນລາວ (Lao) Sathalanalat Paxathipatai Paxaxôn Lao (Romanisation)|
|• Vassals of Siam||1778–1893|
|• French protectorate||1893–1953|
|• Unified Kingdom||11 May 1947|
|• Independence from France||22 October 1953|
Is Laos the poorest country?
Despite its growth, Laos remains one of the poorest countries in the world, with a gross domestic product equal to less than 3% of neighboring Thailand, and less than 1% of the United States. About one-third of Laos’ population are living below the poverty line.
Is Laos safe?
Crime and safety. Laos is a relatively safe country for travellers, although certain areas remain off-limits because of unexploded ordnance left over from decades of warfare. As a visitor, however, you’re an obvious target for thieves (who may include your fellow travellers), so do take necessary precautions.
What is a person from Laos called?
The correct term for people that live in Laos is ‘Laotian‘. The term ‘indigenous peoples’ is not used by the Laotian government. Instead, they refer to non-Lao people as ‘ethnic minorities’.
What religion is Laos?
Theravada Buddhism is the dominant religion of the ethnic or “lowland” Lao, who constitute 53.2 percent of the overall population. According to the LFNC and MOHA, the remainder of the population comprises at least 48 ethnic minority groups, most of which practice animism and ancestor worship.
Why is Laos called the Land of a Million Elephants?
The name “A MILLION ELEPHANTS” comes from Lao history and culture and speaks to our mission to bring prosperity to Lao artisans through fair trade: Laos use to be known as the Kingdom of Lan Xang (1354 to 1707), which translates to “Land of a Million Elephants”.