U.S. President Barack Obama tours a Buddhist temple in Luang Prabang while visiting Laos where he is attending the ASEAN Summit. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama toured a Buddhist temple and talked to monks on Wednesday (September 7), while visiting Luang Prabang in Laos. The 16th century Buddhist temple Wat Xieng Thong "Temple of the Golden City" is an important symbol of the country's heritage and culture. It was used for coronations and was under royal patronage until 1975, when the monarchy was abolished. After the excursion in the temple Obama talked to local Buddhist monks and posed for a photograph. Obama is the first U.S. president to visit Laos, where the United States waged a "secret war" while fighting in Vietnam, dropping an estimated two million tonnes of bombs on the country. Obama arrived in Laos after attending the G20 summit in the Chinese city of Hangzhou and is due to attend an annual international gathering in the Southeast Asian region. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia Summit meetings mark Obama's last expected trip to Asia as president.