Vientiane temple offers not holiday but lessons in life

by Patithin Phetmeuangphaun, Vientiane Times, July 13, 2016

Vientiane, Laos -- YOUNG boys spend their school holidays as novice monks in a Lao temple to learn about Buddhism.


Buddhist new year water festival splashes down in Laos

Xinhua, Apr 14, 2011

VIENTIANE, Laos -- Laos began the Buddhist new year celebrations on Thursday, bringing the country to a standstill for three days of ceremony, parties and water fights during the hottest time of the year.


Buddha images stolen in Laos

AFP, March 10, 2009

Images of the Buddha are considered sacred in Laos. So who's stealing them?

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Lao officials are expected to meet later this month to discuss how to address the theft of numerous sacred Buddhist artifacts from temples in the south of the country.


Laos to protect ancient capital to preserve World Heritage status

AFP, July 29, 2008

HANOI, Vietnam -- Laos has halted plans for new hotels in the town centre of the ancient royal capital Luang Prabang after receiving a warning from UNESCO about its World Heritage status, media reported Tuesday.


Regional Buddhist HIV outreach programme making an impact

Source: IRIN, 30 Jan 2007

VIENTIANE, Laos -- A unique outreach programme based on the teachings of Buddhism is playing a significant role in supporting those living with HIV/AIDS in Laos and other countries of the Mekong region - the Yunnan Province of southern China, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.