The U.S. Embassy Helps Preserve Culture Heritage in Laos
U.S. Ambassador to Laos, Ravic R. Huso, visited Luang Prabang on July 22 and 23 to participate in a grant signing ceremony hosted by the Luang Prabang Department of Information and Culture. The grant, provided through the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation, will support work to document, conserve, and restore the display of the collection of historic and sacred items at Wat Visoun. The Embassyis providing $24,485 to the Department of Information and Culture for this project.
The U.S. Embassy recognizes the historic and cultural significance of this beautiful temple, one of the oldest in Luang Prabang. Improved conservation of the temple’s artifacts will save these treasures for future generations, and will enhance the understanding of Luang Prabang’s rich Buddhist heritage for all visitors, Lao and foreign alike.
The Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation was established by the U.S. Congress in 2001 to support heritage preservation in countries around the world. Through this fund, the U.S. government is currently helping 100 nations preserve historic sites and manuscripts, museum collections, and traditional forms of music, dance and language.
While in Luang Prabang, the Ambassador also donated books on learning English to the American Corner located at the Luang Prabang Library.