Allison Kaminsky's Laos Timeline

  • 500

    Buddhism Introduced

    Buddhism Introduced
    In 500 the Tai people, were converted to Buddhism by what is thought to be the Burmese. The Buddhist religion became the most popular religion in Laos. The Buddhist religion is still big in Laos today, with over 60% of the population Buddhist.
  • Jan 1, 1000

    Wat Phou

    Wat Phou
    In 1000 CE the temple Wat Phou was build. This temple is for the Buddist "supreme god" Shiva. Wat Phou by a mountain that is said to be the home of Shiva. Wat Phou is a very big site for tourists today.
  • Jan 1, 1300

    Lan Xang

    Lan Xang
    The kingdom of Lan Xang was founded by Prince Fa Ngum. Lan Xang became a very powerful kingdom that ruled over not only Laos, but many other south-east Asian countries, until its fall in 1713 and from the years 1574-1637. Lan Xang was the first Laotion State.
  • Fall of Lan Xang

    Fall of Lan Xang
    By 1713 there were problems within Laos and Laos became three different kingdoms. The kingdoms were Vien Chan (which became Vientiane), Luang Prabang and Champassak. The three kingdoms were ruled by Siam which is now Thailand. The three kingdoms were under the control of Siam until 1893 when all of the land controled by Siam became in the power of the French.
  • French Rule

    French Rule
    The French ruled Laos until 1945 at the end of WWII. The French freed Laos when the Japanese made the French release almost all of their land in south-east Asia. Today, French is still widely spoken Laos as well as many other south-east Asian country.
  • New Constitution

    New Constitution
    The new constitution was adopted in 1991 after a long standing constitution that was created in 1949. The constitution holds many of the same laws that the American constitution holds, including religious freedom and the right to vote for all citizens
  • Tai Migration

    Tai Migration
    In 100 CE the Lao people migrated from China to what is now modern day Laos. The Lao people (who are also called the Tai people) moved because the Han Dynasty was expanding. The Tai enslaved the native people living in Laos and took over the Laos region.
  • Poverty and Corruption

    Poverty and Corruption
    In 2007, Transparency International ranked Laos 168 out of 179 for the most corrupt country. Laos has had many wars, and many political changes within the past 100 years. In addition to being corrupt, Laos is also very poor and many of the people in Laos have very little money. The per capita is a little over $2,000.