Vat Phou Site Museum
Exhibition “Our Common Heritage”
The Vat Phou Site Museum and UNESCO inaugurated the sub-regional exhibition “Our Common Heritage: Exploring the World Heritage Sites of Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam” on 31 May 2013 in Champassak, Laos. The result of fruitful partnership and cooperation between the three Mekong countries, Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam, and their museographical institutions who have worked together since July 2011; the inauguration ceremony took place in the presence of the Vice-Governor of Champassak and Acting Director General of Heritage Department of the Ministry of Culture, as well as the representative from the UNESCO Office in Bangkok with high media coverage.
After the common themes of “Nature and Myth” and “Trade and Exchange”, the Vat Phou Site Museum exhibited their individual theme “Vat Phou and Sacred Lingaparvata” which explores the sacred temple complex and the mountain Lingaparvata - the history, the landscape, the context and its continued importance as a living heritage site for local populations. The individual theme also elaborates the symbolism of lingas which form important part of the site museum’s collections. The living traditions such as the Vat Phou festival which is celebrated every year on the 15th day of the third lunar calendar and brings together many Buddhist pilgrims from Laos and neighbour countries were also presented.
As a testament to the success and potential to reach as wide an audience as possible, the national authorities suggested touring the exhibition in Vientiane and Luang Prabang
The site management authority’s official site: http://vatphou-champassak.com/en/events/99-our-common-heritage