• American exhibit

    The American exhibit at the That Luang festival features a model of the space capsule from America's first moonwalk.

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  • That Luang fair

    The gateway to the That Luang festival is lit up in neon lights in this image taken at dusk.

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  • Boat races: Ferris wheels

    A view from the banks of the Mekong looking up toward the fair.

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  • That Luang fair: bilingual Lao-English sign

    This sign says the same thing in both English and Lao. However, it does not specify whether it addresses the veterans of any particular country. It appears to depict a veteran, with a crutch, having a…

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  • That Luang fair: bandstand (at night)

    This is one of the many musical performances that take place at the That Luang festival. This appears to be in the big band style.

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  • Ice cream concession

    According to the Lao writing on the sign, this ice cream stand is a branch of a business belonging to a Vietnamese named Bac My Chau. "Bac" is the Vietnamese word for uncle. In Southeast Asia, kinship…

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  • General view of That Luang

    A panoramic shot of the entranceway to the That Luang shrine.

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  • United States Operations Mission (USOM)-USIS booth, map of Laos in background

    This display at the fair, complete with map of Laos, was designed to help develop a sense of nationalism among the population of Laos. This was thought to be incompatible with communism, which the U.S…

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  • That Luang fair: Ferris wheels at night

    This image shows that there were at least three Ferris wheels at the festival.

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  • Lao New Year--street market

    The peddlers in the background of this photo are selling pottery, which is the kind that is used as a seat for the basket used to steam sticky rice. Luang Prabang is a small town and crowds like this…

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  • Boat races: Ferris wheels

    Here are four Ferris wheels arranged side by side. Each is topped with the flag of the Kingdom of Laos.

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  • Lao New Year--on the street

    These Lao men and women are out in their best clothes, enjoying the festive air. Here some women are shopping for fabric. Even here in the center of town it is common to go without shoes.

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  • That Luang fair: Ferris wheels at night

    Ferris wheels at Lao carnivals would have been a recent addition at the time Halpern took this photo.

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  • American exhibit

    The portion of the Lao sign seen here reads "Apollo 11 astronauts (from left): Neil Armstrong..."

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  • Lao New Year--on the street

    During New Year and other festivals, many Lao engage in shopping and selling as fervently as in their temple activities. The children, dressed in their best, also have an opportunity to fully particip…

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  • Lao New Year--street market

    Halpern writes in his fieldnotes that marketing was one of the most intense activities at the Lao New Year he witnessed.

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  • Side show

    This is a "freak show"-style attraction at the That Luang fair. The sign reads "khon sawng hua pen pen", meaning "live two-headed person." The sign is written in Thai, indicating that this attraction…

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  • That Luang fair: Israeli exhibit

    These monks are visiting Israel's exhibit. Israel was still a young country at the time, making its strong representation in Laos all the more notable.

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  • That Luang fair: other exhibits (at night)

    A gambling stand at the That Luang festival.

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  • French exhibit

    A young Lao woman walks by a painting of Lao women in traditional garb.

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