A monument in Vientiane called Patuxay was built after World War II in commemoration of the fallen Lao soldiers of various wars. During the monarchy era, the monument used to be called "Anousavali" which means "memory" but since 1975 when the Pathet Lao took over power, the name of the monument has been changed to Patuxay, meaning victory gate.
"Patu" = gate and "xay" = victory.
There are souvenir gift shops inside the Patuxay and it is possible to climb up to the top to see the view of Vientiane. Alot of tourists especially from Thailand come to see the Patuxay every day, it looks really beautiful at night when the lights are turned on and fountain of light fireworks with music looks spectacular.