Commander-in-Chief visits Wat Phu Temple, famous waterfalls, returns from Laos

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing seen off by Lao military officers  at Pakse International Aiport in Laos yesterday. Photo: The office of the Commander-in-Chief
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing seen off by Lao military officers at Pakse International Aiport in Laos yesterday. Photo: The office of the Commander-in-Chief

Commander-in-Chief of Defense Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and wife Daw Kyu Kyu Hla visited the historic Wat Phu temple complex in Champasak Province in Laos on 12 October.
The Senior General is leading a Myanmar Tatmadaw delegation to Laos at the invitation of the Laotian Minister of National Defence Lt-Gen Chansamone Chanyalath.
The Wat Phu temple complex is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and lies on the bank of the Mekong directly east of Mt. Phou Khao. The temple boasts architecture and unique structure from the 11th to 13 centuries during the time of Khmer kings, according to archaeologists. Nowadays, the site is a centre of Theravada Buddhist worship.
The Senior General and his delegation were later entertained with a banquet dinner in the evening by Champasak Province military commander Brig-Gen Sukai Phimmasan at the Champasak Grand Hotel.
Yesterday, the Senior General and his delegation visited the Khone Phapheng Falls located in Patsay District in the Champasak Province and observed the 2,000-year old Manikhot tree.
The Khone Phapheng Falls are the largest in Southeast Asia and is located on the part of the Mekong River in southern Laos, near the border with Cambodia. The falls are characterized by over 4,000 islands and is known as Si Phan Don in the local dialect. The highest falls reach to 69 ft.
The Senior General and his delegation left Laos in the evening and arrived in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, according to the news release of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief. —MNA

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