Pha That Luang Vientiane is the most important national monument and a symbol of the nation of Laos. This spectacular building is the Buddhist Stupa, a hemispherical object that contains a relic. It is believed that the five Arahata Monks brought the Buddha's breast bone here sent by Emperor Ashoka, the ruler of the Mauryan Empire. The Pha That Luang was built, demolished, and abandoned several times, and its current shape was given in the 1930s. The abundance of reliefs and statues adorns this building, and the people of Laos are very proud of its beauty.