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Events at Vat Phou

Full Moon at Vat Phou World Heritage Site

Full moon nights at Vat Phou


Vat Phou has a rendezvous with the Moon

Impressive and Spectacular illumination of the site

4 000 oil burner on the architecture lines of the monuments complex

Vat Phou Festival

The dates of the next Vat Phou Festival in 2018 will start from 29th January 2018 to 31st January 2018. 

The Vat Phu Festival takes place every year, on the 15th day of the increasing moon of the 3rd month (in January-February) and coincides with the Makha Busa Buddhist Festival.

The believers come from a great distance to attend the ceremony ; some of them even come from Thailand and Cambodia; it is also the opportunity for surrounding plain and mountain populations to meet each other, maintaining these relations since time put off.  

Processions, recitals, and chants take place during the three days festival. Boats racing (dugouts), game "catch-ducks"; volleyball and petanque competitions are also organized.
During the official Opening event, speechs by the autority and a procession by the District of the Champasak province. This procession show the different specialities (music, danses, products) of the districts and their traditional dresses.
The local authorities want to maintain some traditions and to preserve the sacred sense of the place.

In the evening, various attractions as well as some concerts are used to occur as an usual profane aspect.


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8 Trails around Vat Phou

Archaeological, cultural and natural trails in Champasak district

Unveiling Monument

Restoration by Lao-French Cooperation


Guide book, history, explorations and research at Vat Phou and around

Vat Phou Master Plan 2016

Champasak Cultural Landscape Master Plan 2016

Scientific seminar Vat Phou - June 2017

Seminar on recent archaeological discoveries in the region of Vat Phou and Southern Laos

New Transportation service

Mini-van between Champasak and Pakse every day

Our Common Heritage

Exploring the World Heritage sites in Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam

Awareness raising campaign

on Environment during Vat Phou Festival 2018.

Map Vat Phou and Around - Pierre Pichard - EFEO - 1992

WHO World Heritage
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