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That Dam or Black Stupa, is near Talat Sao the Vientiane Morning Market. That in Lao refers to an unopened lotus flower or inverted bell shape. These structures often contain alleged relics of Buddha. Many locals believe this mythological structure was once inhabited by a seven headed dragon protected the city from the Siamese. The crumbling stupa stands now rather, neglected looking though the Lao still regard That Dam as the city’s guardian spirit.
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That Dam or Black Stupa, is near Talat Sao the Vientiane Morning Market. That in Lao refers to an unopened lotus flower or inverted bell shape.  These structures often contain alleged relics of Buddha.  Many locals believe this mythological structure was once inhabited by a seven headed dragon protected the city from the Siamese.  The crumbling stupa stands now rather, neglected looking though the Lao still regard That Dam as the city’s guardian spirit.