Champasack to Organize Vat Phou Festival This Month

Vat Phou Festival, an annual religious festival that draws crowds of tourists in Champasack Province, will be held from 3 to 5 February this year.

Vientiane Times reports that the Deputy head of the Provincial Infomation, Culture, and Tourism Department, Mr. Soulin Phetthany, told the media that this year’s festival has a varied program featuring concerts by performers from neighboring countries, cultural shows, and parades.

The three-day celebration will include light shows, processions, recitals, chanting, almsgiving, and praying in surrounding areas of the temple.

According to Champa Meungalao magazine, Vat Phou, which translates to “mountain temple”, was initially dedicated to Shiva, one of the gods of the Hindu Trimurti. The unique layout of Khmer architecture found at Vat Phou gained it a UNESCO World Heritage label in 2001.


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