Over time the city of Vientiane gained its own style, most notably in the form of
houses. The capital today is covered with these houses, which generally include
a veranda and terrace. More interesting though is the wood carving often found on
the top of the verandas, which are quite symbolic of Lao culture and religion.
Like the capital, the city of Luang Prabang developed its own style as well, which
is similar to that of the capital, but the veranda roofs tend to dip lower. Their
temples are also somewhat unique, although primarily in the northern Thai style,
as they tend to be detailed in gold.
The final local style worthy of mention is the Xieng Khuang style, which was almost
completely obliterated with the bombings of Laos's eastern regions during the
Vietnam War. This style is almost wholly confined to temple art and a couple surviving
pieces of this style can be found in the city of Luang Prabang today.
In the 1800s under the French and years later, modern building
materials and techniques were brought to Laos. The people incorporated
these techniques and materials into their new buildings and today the capital of
Vientiane is home to a number of skyscrapers and modern buildings.