Kaysone Phomvihane—Phonsavan City, Laos
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Ianatlarge
N 19° 26.760 E 103° 12.660
48Q E 312191 N 2151153
Quick Description: A bust of a prominent Laos political figure, freedom fighter and politician, in a prominent tourist destination.
Location: Laos
Date Posted: 8/12/2012 2:53:35 AM
Waymark Code: WMF2KZ
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
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Long Description:
Kaysone Phomvihane (1920-92), was a leading figure in the struggle for Lao independence. He was born in the south of Laos, in Savannakhet province. He attended Hanoi University, studying law, but decided that the revolutionary struggle against French rule of Indo-China took precedence over a legal career.

He joined the Pathet Lao, the Laos revolutionary communist party, and quickly became a leading figure in the struggle. After 1975, when the Pathet Lao gained power in Loas, Phomvihane became Prime Minister of Laos, a post he held until 1991. In the last years of his life, 1991-2, he held the honorary post of President. Information from wikipedia.


This statue is located just inside the entrance to the Xiengkhouang Province, provincial Governor's Office, on the southern side of the provincial capital, Phonsavan City. It is a life-sized bronze, suit wearing bust of Phomvihane, resting on a 2m high plinth. On the plinth is his name and date of birth and death. The bust is under cover, on a small dais. Photographs taken from the front gate, I did not enter.
URL of the statue: Not listed

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