Laos’ most sacred Buddha image, the Prabang that gives Luang Prabang its name, was moved from the National Museum in Luang Prabang (itself the former royal palace) to a dedicated shrine in a ceremony which was held earlier this month. The statue, which is associated with the founding years of the Lan Xang kingdom of Laos, was a gift from Angkor.
Sacred Prabang image gets a new home
Vientiane Times, 16 December 2013
Thousands of people from all over the country and from all walks of life gathered on Saturday at the Luang Prabang National Museum, the former Loyal Palace, for the relocation ceremony of the sacred Prabang image from its former home in the Museum to the new Hor (shrine) Prabang, its permanent home.
Cast in Sri Lanka and given to the Khmer royal family then on to former Lao King Fa Ngum, the Prabang Buddha image has been in Laos for over 600 years. After being moved many times during this time it finally has a permanent home.
The new home, Hor Prabang, has been a long time coming. First planned in 1993 it was finally completed in 2011 but only ready to received its very important resident this year.
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