Cultural Visit in Salavanh



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                                                                        Ban Houay Houn

        Katou weavers in Ban Houay Houn, about 10 km southwest of Laongarm Town on Route 20 and exactly half way between Salavanh Town and Pakse), use the mat mee method employing laptop looms held taut by the feet to transform tie-dyed cotton threads into intricate fabric designs. If no one is working the looms during your visit, kindly ask a villager to find someone to show you. The village also has a small shop to buy the finished products such as handbags.

                                                                                          Napong chichen grilled historical

        In the first time Napong chichen grilled began to sell some part of chicken only. In the year of 1945 -1984  Mr. Thidla was establishing in to trading union in the village. In the year of 1986 – 2002 was better organise and celebrate as wel big Phakhuan-chichen grilled. Including copyright registration. 2007 until now is expanding in the province as well as out side country. In Vientiane Mr. Thiang is opening to grill chicken as Napong chicken only first brand is Sybounhuang shop, and second brand is Phonethan shop by taking the Napong people cook as the original taste.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Nongsonghong temple

          Far from rom Salavanh province to thr northern 55km, is located in Napho village the base of sompoy mountain (phakeo mountain) from Vapy district to Keng soutty village about 10 km. As the local people and some documents about Phrakeophalitmok (holy buddha image) is located in phoupakeo cave mountain vapy district, Saravane province. The first local people was Phanthueng, Phanthuang were thehunters and found this buddha image In sitting character in Sompoy moutain cave. Both of them presrve as well. It seem people lucky and a happiness to each family in the village so Phanthueng and Phanthuang were very famous. Then Chaosuai SYSAMOUTPHOUTTHAKANCHAO who was the CHAMPASAK governor asked his servants take this holy buddha image but they could not lift up, so the servants went back and replied that when they lift up it’s always fall down the in to the ground so the villagers dig until it begin to be the pond as it called : Nongsonghong (is mean : two ponds) where  the temple now a day. Finally Chaosuai had Phanthueng, Phanthuang and his cousins brought the holy Buddha image to Champasak city. Keep in Hor temple, Hor villlage Phonethong district, Champasak province. Some Phanthueng, Phanthuang’s cousins were farmer in Nongtae Nguaba phongphod and keep as presrve as well. In 1817 (BC) Chao lavixai passed awy   servants joined the cremation then brought the holy buddha image from Sompoy- Nayon to Hor temple then leaved to Bankkok (thailand) until now.   

           Even though the holy image buddha is not in laos but lao people still believe and respect this buddha, especially Vapy people,  we celebrate on March every year. You can see lao people will celebrate when they get thier whising and offering food for monk and you can see the Phanthueng, Phantuang images at the temple.

                                                                         Salavanh folk song

       Salavanh musicians perform their own style of folk music such as Lam Salavanh, Lam Kaleuy, and Lam Lalemone, which has become extremely popular throughout the country. The lead instrument is the khaen, a long wind instrument with two rows of bamboo-like reeds sealed by beeswax in a hardwood box. Accompanying the khaen are a saw (a small string-and-bow instrument that resembles a mini-violin), wooden drum, and sometimes a ranyaht (wooden xylophone).


     Vat Simongkhoun temple

       Built over 200-years ago, bombers destroyed the original Vat Simongkhoun on the Xe Don River in 1972. Remnants of this temple and its stupa can still be seen in the town’s northeast, though vines and shrubs try to hide it. Novice monks sometimes rest in the temple’s sala on the river bank near the warehouse storing longboats used during the annual boat racing festival. However, a new temple has risen across the street, and an even larger one is under construction next to it.