Funds for new heritage centre

CHAMPASAK, 2 May 2017: Champasak province in Laos plans to construct a new heritage conservation centre to preserve and present precious artifacts and cultural legacies in the southern provinces.

Vientiane Times reported the Heritage Department under the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism plans to construct a new centre supported USD1.5 million in funding from the Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation.

The project aims to improve display and store heritage items and create a modern centre for visitors to experience Vat Phou Champasak and its surrounds.

Heritage department general director, Thongbay Phothisane, was quoted saying the centre will be ready to open by late 2018.

“We have to discuss with UNESCO on the location of the  building before we begin construction,” he said.

Vat Phou Champasak is a Khmer-style temple built in the 5th and 6th centuries AD and dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva.

Located about 800 km south of Vientiane, the temple complex was the second UNESCO world heritage site in the country (2001) after the historic town of Luang Prabang was first named in 1995.

Champasak is a province in southwest Laos, sharing borders with Thailand and Cambodia.