Ancient Champassak stupa to be recognised

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A newly discovered stupa in Champassak, thought to be older than nearby Vat Phou, is to be recognised as a Laotian cultural and heritage site.

Head of the Vat Phou World Heritage Office, Mr Oudomsy Keosaksith, spoke to Vientiane Times yesterday during a visit by Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Mr Savankhone Razmountry and his team to the provincial department. He said the stupa had been found at Nongdinchi temple on Phou Malong mountain in Phonthong district.

Source: Vientiane Times

Large sculpture found near Wat Phu


A large stone sculpture dating to the 7th century has been discovered near the Wat Phu complex of Southern Laos. The nature of the artefact is uncertain, but from the description of the shape it sounds like a lintel.

Wat Phu

Pre-Angkorian archaeological treasure sees light in southern Laos
Xinhua, 18 March 2015

A large 7th century artifact described as one of the most significant archaeological items ever found in Laos has been unearthed at a world heritage site in the country’s south, local media reported Wednesday.

The discovery was made during archaeological excavations at Phou Kao, a mountain site associated with the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Vat Phou complex in the southern province of Champassak, state-run media Vientiane Times reported.

The piece, featuring carvings of figures from Hindu mythology, measures 2.2 meters by 90 centimeters wide.

The 22-cm-thick sculpture was located under a 20-cm layer of debris

Full story here.

Nang Sida – Angkoran ruins beside Wat Phu

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Mark from the All Points East Travel blog writes about Nang Sida, a ruined temple just walking distance from the more famous, world-heritage listed Wat Phu in Laos.

Nang Sida would probably have been quite an impressive little temple in it’s day but is now in a rather sad state with the totally collapsed main tower now being impressive just for the sheer size of the pile of fallen sandstone blocks: it must have been a pretty tall tower when still standing! The eastern entrance porch, to what would have been the main shrine, is still relatively intact; there’s the remains of an outer enclosure wall and very long causeway but what saves the site for the casual visitor is probably the setting with the wooded hills behind forming a picturesque backdrop.

Check out the full post and more pictures here.