Last March 2019, an Enshrining Ceremony took place at the Hong Nang Sida in Champasak to celebrate the discovery of precious relics hidden beneath the ancient Khmer temple. It has been said that upon building of the Hong Nang Sida, treasures of the royal family and other members of the aristocracy were buried under the pedestals and pillars.
The Lao-Korea Cooperation Project for Conservation and Restoration of the Hong Nang Sida team comprises of: The Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism (MICT); The World Heritage Site Office of Vat Phou Champasak (WHSO); Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea; and the Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation.
The Lao-Korea Cooperation for Hong Nang Sida team will be conducting conservation treatment for the discovered relics and will be safely stored in the Vat Phou museum.
The Enshrining ceremony was attended by esteemed guests: H.E. Dr. Bounthong Divixay – Governor of Champasak province; Mr. Oksub Jin – the President of Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation; Mr. Viengkeo Souksavatdy – Deputy General Director of Heritage Department MICT; Mr. Oudomsy Keosaksith – General Director WHSO of Vat Phou; international cooperation teams from France and India; Monks; residents of Nong Sa Village; and media.
Know more about the ceremony here.