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Khammuan tightens up preservation of Great City Wall

Khammuan provincial authorities are working to preserve a massive ancient rock wall, known as the Great City Wall, which lies alongside a road in Thakhaek district and is being damaged by local people.
Thakaek district Governor Mr Chan Boupphalivanh told Vientiane Times “Sections of this wall are located along a 10-kilometre road in the centre of Thakhaek. It is 5-10 metres tall.”
It is believed to date back as far as the 6th century. The Great City Wall is a remnant of the ancient civilisation of the Sikhottabong Kingdom. But local villagers are building houses and makeshift shops in the area and ignoring the fact that the wall is in a conservation area.

In addition, commercial buildings are springing up near the wall although they have not yet had any significant impact, according to local authorities.
Director of the province’s Information, Culture and Tourism Department, Mr Khanti Phothin, said the site was a conservation area but business operators were in the process of developing sites close by. “We are planning to more closely regulate this conservation area but we need to carry out another survey. Many parts of the City Wall have not yet been registered for management purposes,” Mr Khanti said.
Director General of the Heritage Department under the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Thongbay Phothisane, said the wall was of great interest and should be preserved as it had the potential to be a tourist attraction.
Local authorities should carefully manage the area and should declare the wall a cultural and conservation site so that it is properly preserved for posterity, he said.
Khammuan is very popular with tourists and has many attractions, with thousands of people visiting the province each year.
According to statistics supplied by the Tourism Development Department of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, in 2017 Khammuan had 197 officially designated tourism sites, including 139 that were nature-based, 29 cultural sites, and 29 sites of historical interest.
In 2017, a total of 464,584 people visited the province, according to official statistics.
Among the highlights in Khammuan are Konglor, an amazing 7.5km long limestone cavern formed by the Hinboun River, and Tad Nam Sanam, a large twin waterfall cascading off the sandstone massif of Phou Phaman mountain.


By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
May 18,
2018


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