Renovation work has begun on Hor Phra Keo Museum, home to Lao’s finest collection of Buddhist sculptures and artifacts – following years of neglect in the historic structure. The project is scheduled to take 12 months to complete and cost approximately 20 billion kip ($USD 2.4 million). One of the most significant sites in Lao’s history, the work will restore the design integrity of the roof, walls and ceilings using the latest technology and will be the third major overhaul since it was built.
This ancient temple was built in 1565 by King Sayasetthathirath to house the famed Emerald Buddha image that is now in Bangkok. The renovation is expected to be complete in time for celebrations of the 450th anniversary of the establishment of the museum (1565-2015), which is set to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Lao National Day on December 2, 2015.
Image: Wat Hor Phra Keo, Vientiane