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Friday, January 6, 2012

Puang Champa: A house for
the traditional royal arts

See the location on Puang Champa House Google Map

Picture by marhas

A tiny, wooden stilt house for local artists to earn a sustainable living while practicing traditional arts and for teaching and transmitting the heritage of Luang Prabang to vistors: This is Heuan Puang Champa. Gold thread embroidery is trained here and skills of musicians, dancers and singers for Lao classical dance and music are formed, the olders give the repertoire to the young ones, making new instruments, reviving a long time lost Luang Prabang handicraft used for ritual vessels and dance ornaments and training young people on ceremonial flower arrangements.

Prince Nithakhong Somsanith - a member of the former Lao Royal family - is one of the last gold thread embroiderers in the ancient tradition of the court of Luang Prabang. His grandmother taught him in this art, when he was young. Later he lived in France as Psychologist. He has founded "The House of Puang Champa', an organization to educate Lao youth in traditional arts and culture. The project has been supported by the Lao Heritage Foundation in Washington (USA).

See a video about Puang Champa House.

Puang Champa house can be visited by appointment (Heuan Chan Road, Ban Xieng Mouane; 011-856-71-254-787;

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