A panoramic shot of the entranceway to the That Luang shrine.
Although the That Luang festival is basically non-Buddhist in its focus, Buddhist practice still makes up a large part of it. This large Buddha is in a temple adjacent to the That Luang.
The sign on this altar reads "khwam vai pha that luang", meaning roughly "how to pray to the That Luang." The prayer that follows may be in Pali; at the very least it is not everyday Lao.
Some of the attractions that have been set up at the That Luang parade ground in anticipation of the festival.
This image was taken before the festival was in full swing. As of 2005, the That Luang has been dramatically repainted in gold leaf.
This altar seems to be in the "sala", or open pavilion for community use, of one of the adjacent temples. This can be seen from the open railing and the festival gear spread out on the floor.