Borikhamxay province will install the biggest bronze Buddha statue in Laos in its Sylavatnalam temple next month.
Director of the Information, Culture and Tourism Department of the province, Mr Ken Lomany, told Vientiane Times on Thursday that the big bronze Buddha statue is finished since its casting started last year.
“We plan to organise a ceremony to install the statue in the Sylavatnalam temple after the celebration of the National Day,” he said.
The temple is located at Anousonxay village in the centre of Borikhamxay district near to the provincial administrative office and will function as a solidarity centre and place of worship.
Director of the Cultural Production Company, Mr Bounleung Veunvilavong, who was hired to cast the Buddha, said this bronze statue is the biggest in Laos.
“Our staff spent a year to cast this statue and now that it is finished, we are waiting for the authorities of Borikhamxay province to collect and install it in the middle of next month,” he said.
Mr Bounleung added the statue cost over 1.4 billion kip, is 5 metres high, has a diametre of 3.60 metres and weighs 5 tonnes.
The authorities of Vientiane province have also asked him to cast the biggest cement Buddha in the province, and he has already finished the design. Now, he is waiting for the authorities to decide on the date to start casting.
Mr Bounleung said this statue is expected to be installed on top of Phoupha Mountain within the next year.
The statue has to be casted in Vientiane province as it will be 23 metres high and completely made out of cement.
The statue will give blessing to everyone who passes through the mountain.