2,000 year-old Buddha images unearthed in Laos’ Savannakhet province


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Hundreds of Buddha images and other ancient relics, estimated at up to 2,000 years old, have been found in the grounds of That Inghang Stupa recently by local residents carrying out renovations at the site in Kaisone Phomvihane City, Savannakhet province.

2,000 year-old Buddha images unearthed in Laos' Savannakhet province
Credit: Vientiane Times

The images are made of gold, silver, bronze, wood and other materials and range in height from 8cm to 10cm. All Buddha images, jars and other ancient objects are now being kept in a secure location, according to a provincial Information, Culture and Tourism Department official.

In an interview with Vientiane Times yesterday, the department’s Deputy Director Mr Khamsith Phommachanh, said the surprise find is currently being kept securely in the city.

“The section’s officials will work with district authorities and other concerned sectors to further study and identify other potential items of interest around the scene,” Mr Khamsith said.

The surprise find of Buddha images and other ancient items is the first major archaeological discovery for many years in the city.

The 16th century That Ing Hang Stupa is about nine metres high with ornate decoration and is said to house a relic of Buddha’s spine.

The stupa is located in Savannakhet, central Laos, renowed as the birthplace of Laos’ popular former leader, Kaysone Phomvihane. It was also known as a French trading outpost back in colonial times. There are a number of vintage French colonial and Sino-Franco buildings in the business districts.

Source: Vientiane Times [October 04, 2018]



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