Heritage House, situated on the point of the peninsular, has several duties in this town and was classified in the World Heritage List in 1995 by UNESCO.
Run by a team, mainly made up of Laotians, Heritage House received some specialized architects (particularly French) who were assigned the job of defining specific rules for the management of the town’s patrimony.
Its a difficult compromise to try and keep the old charm without bringing development for a harmonious town to a halt, but so far, the gamble seems to have succeeded.
A number of rules were made, for use in the protected area, and a series of actions were taken so as to make the public aware of them :
These ‘on-site schools’ must find local know-how for restoring these old buildings with wooden frameworks, with workmen from companies in Louang Prabang, and so re-learn almost forgotten techniques.
Many thanks to Heritage House for supplying all the documents needed to develop the Architectural section of this web-site.