Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Claire Smith

Laos: Cultural Heritage Management

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_1156

Introduction

Cultural heritage management in Laos is largely concerned with the management of monumental archaeological sites, historical architecture, and more recent sites and objects related to the communist regime. Lao heritage management has its roots in the time when Laos was part of French Indochina and is characterized by its colonial legacy, with additions from Buddhism, communism, and a currently growing business of alternative tourism.

Definition

The definition of national heritage in the Lao PDR Law on National Heritage established in November 2005 says,

National Heritage refers to items produced by mankind or formed by nature that have outstanding cultural, historical or natural value, thereby becoming precious assets and property of the Lao national community, some of which are adopted as regional and world heritage. National heritage consists of cultural, historical and natural heritage existing in the form of tangible objects, intangible items, moveable or immoveable...

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Further Reading

  1. Goudineau, Y. & M. Lorrillard. (ed.) 2008. Recherches nouvelles sur le Laos / New research on Laos (Études thématiques 18). Vientiane; Paris: École Française d’Extrême-Orient.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Archaeology and Classical StudiesStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden