Authorities in Bokeo province are planning the construction of the largest bronze Buddha image in Laos hoping it will be a major tourism attraction, reports Eleven.
An official said preparation of the site has already begun, in particular the place where the statue will be erected. Its eyes will look out over the Mekong River and the Mekong Friendship Bridge linking Laos to Thailand.
Construction is expected to begin in May while estimates say it will take three to four years to complete the whole project.
According to the northern province’s strategic development plans for 2025-2030, the authorities will focus on tourism to boost services and the local economy.
Bokeo is part of the ‘golden triangle’ region between Laos, Thailand and Myanmar. A lot of foreign visitors travel through Bokeo to other northern Lao provinces such as Oudomxay and Luang Prabang.
In the past, tourists arriving in Bokeo from the northern provinces of Thailand and Myanmar came by boat. But with the recent opening of the Friendship Bridge across the Mekong, linking Bokeo with Thailand’s Chiang Rai province, now tourists arrive by road.
In 2015, the number of tourists visiting the province was recorded at more than 260,000. Thais were the largest group with more than 64,000 people visiting Bokeo province.