Buddha statute, found in Bokeo’s ancient city site, paraded

23/05/2024 12:17
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ຂປລ (KPL) Thousands of people on Wednesday took part in a procession to parade a large Buddha statue from its founding location, believed to be a site of an ancient city, to the Thongthip Phatthanaram temple where the statue will be installed.


(KPL) Thousands of people on Wednesday took part in a procession to parade a large Buddha statue from its founding location, believed to be a site of an ancient city, to the Thongthip Phatthanaram temple where the statue will be installed.

The statue is the largest ever found during the ongoing excavation on Pheungkham Island in Tonpheung district, Bokeo Province.

Preparations for the procession began at 8 am when provincial authorities readied a vehicle to carry the statue. The Buddha image was hoisted onto the vehicle by a crane at 1pm.

The procession coincided with Visakha Bousa Day (Buddha Day) in the Lao calendar, which marks not only the Lord Buddha’s birth, but also his enlightenment and death, which all occurred on the 15th day of the 6th waxing moon in the Buddhist calendar.

The statue measures 2.67 m high and 2.24 m wide. It was discovered on May 16 during excavations on Pheungkham Island, where several hundred statues and artefacts have been found buried in the sand since the excavation began in March.

Meanwhile, a decorative headpiece believed to be a part of the Buddha image was located on Tuesday, measuring 59cm tall and 20cm wide, and was placed on top of the statue.

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