Huaphan’s cherry blossom park rested during repairs

HUAPHAN (Vientiane Times/ANN) - The Lao-Japan Friendship Sakura Park to close for repairs. 

The Lao-Japan Friendship Sakura Park in Viengxay district, Huaphan province has announced a temporary closure to the general public so authorities can make improvements and repair damage to facilities.

A technical authority of Agriculture and Forestry Section in Viengxay district Outhone Bounvilay told Vientiane Times last Friday that the park would temporarily prohibit general admittance for the next three months to repair damage sustained to facilities inside the park at night time caused by unknown persons.

“Now, we have completed installation of a fence at the park to stop anyone getting into the park after hours,” Outhone said.

“Of course, if tourists want to visit the park during the day, we also have our authorities that will guide them inside.”

“The sakura trees are still in an early period of growth and too young to flower yet, but still they are already attracting tourists to visit the park with over 300 planted.”

He said the district first planted ten trees as a pilot in 2014 before the park was officially opened in 2015, supported by non-governmental organisation Asian Development with Disabled Persons (ADDP) through Embassy of Japan to Laos.

After the specimens from the pilot project grew well, the ADDP and Embassy of Japan proceeded with a plan to plant more to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Lao-Japan diplomatic relations, bringing the total planted to 303.

The Lao government proffered four elephants from Xayaboury province as a present to Japan to mark the same anniversary.  

To ensure the species could thrive in its new environment, Japanese advisors were sent to Viengxay district to prepare technical authorities as a part of a vocational training project.

Meanwhile, senior officials of the district and province also had the chance to visit a Sakura nursery in Japan during a study tour.

Viengxay district of Huaphan province was a revolutionary stronghold during the Indochina War.

In the current era, the caves utilised by the leaders of the revolution are increasingly popular tourist attractions for domestic and foreign tourists alike.

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