One of Laos most mysterious sights are thousands of giant sandstone jars of unknown origin scattered around the central plain of the Xiangkhoang Plateau.
The Plain of Jars is a megalithic archaeological landscape in Laos. Hundred of acres of hilly area containing gigantic sandstone jars cut out from rock. It is also one of the most enigmatic tourist attraction.
The town of Phonsavan, the capital of Xieng Khouang province, is the main site to view the Plain of Jars. However, only 7 of the 90 jar sites have been declared safe enough for tourists to visit, Some sites contain just a few jars, others have hundreds which come in varied sizes, some up to three meters high and weighing up to several to 14 tons.
The history of the stone jars is shrouded in mystery, but archaeologists think the jars were carved with iron tools, dating back around 500 B.C. Their purpose was believed to be used as urns in burial rituals. Local legends believe they were used: to brew rice wine for giants; as water storage during dry season or as rice wine storage for royalty.
In 1930’s during an archaeological research, discovered were stone jars with glass beads, burnt bones and teeth inside. Around the jars were found grave goods and bones. Several jars were sealed off with stone lids, bamboo and wood seals.
Recommended Visit: 3 Hours
Attraction Type: Archaeological Sites, Historical, Scenery, Tours