The annual Sikhottabong Stupa Festival in Thakaek, Khammouane Province will be held on 19 February.
The Sikhottabong Empire originally built Thakaek’s iconic 29-meter-high, golden-tipped That Sikhottabong Stupa in the 6th century. Lane Xang Kingdom’s King Phothisarat and King Saysethathirath refurbished it in the 1500s to its present form.
A sizeable statue of 8th century King Sikhot, who ruled over the central Laos expanse, greets visitors to the stupa.
People of north-eastern Thailand, Nakhon Phanom, and nearby provinces gather for stupa worshipping and entertainment. This is a special time to pay homage to one of the most sacred Buddhist stupas in the region.
During the festival, there are religious activities along with a local trade fair and performances held around the stupa.