Buddha Park in Vientiane Capital Listed as National Heritage Site

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Buddha Park in Vientiane Capital.(Photo: iStock)

Buddha Park, also known as Wat Xieng Khuan has been selected as the first local national heritage listing in Hatsaifong District, Vientiane Capital.

KPL reports that the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism deemed the park as a local National Heritage site after a survey of proposed sites.

Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism, Mr. Vansy Kuamua, and Mayor of Hatsaifong District, Mr. Bounpheng Sinavongphone, along with other government officials, attended the ceremony to announce the news and unveil the new gate to the sculpture park that was constructed during the Covid-19 outbreak.

The ministry plans to list more places of cultural or historical significance as national heritage sites between 2021 and 2025, including the Tinsoy Stupa in Pakngum District, and a sacred well in Phonexay Temple in Saysettha District.

Also a major tourist attraction, the Buddha park has over 200 statues and is located about 25 kilometers from the city center in a meadow beside the Mekong river.

Laos continues to restore ancient and sacred sites to ensure accessibility and improve facilities for domestic and international tourists during the peak travel season. The renovation of Nam Phou Square in Vientiane Capital is now complete as well, with the iconic fountain and surrounding park officially handed over to the public.