Asia

Laos

Laos

Laos was once known as Lan Xang which means Kingdom of a million elephants.The name was given King Fangum in 1953. It is now known officially as the Loas People's Democratic Republic. It's Capital is Vientiane and this is also it's largest city. Other large cities are Luang Prabang, Savannakhet and Pakse. Laos uses it's rivers to make electricity and then they sell this to their neighbors. These neighbors include Thailand, China and Vietnam. There is also a high demand for their metals.

History

Founded by Lao prince Fa Ngum in the 14th Century from the kingdom of Lan Xang(million elephants) It's religion was made Theravada Buddhism. In 2009 an ancient skull was found which was found to be 46,000 years old and is the oldest human fossil found to this day in Southeast Asia. It was found in a cave in the Annamite Mountains in Northern Laos. Laos was made a democratic republic on 2nd of December 1975.