Lao Culture

Lao culture has its own multi- ethnic people have their own civilization since the beginning of their existence with regards to their mode of practice of the agriculture, their lifestyle, their art and their dialects. The Lao multi ethnic groups practice different customs which co-exist and complete with each other. Traditional culture in Laos has been heavily influences from India and has also influences from China. These influences are reflected throughout Laos in its language as well as in art, literature and the performing arts.

The History of Laos

Laos' early history was dominated by the wider Nan-chao kingdom, which was succeeded in the 14th century by the local kingdom of Lan Xang that lasted until its decline in the 18t century, after which Thailand assumed control of the separate principalities that remained. These then came under French influence during the 19th century and were incorporated into French Indochina in 1893. Following a Japanese occupation during World War II, the country became independent in 1949 as the Kingdom of Laos.

Political unrest in neighboring Vietnam dragged Laos into the greater Second Indochina War which was a destabilizing factor that contributed to civil war and several coups d’état. In 1975 the communist Pathet Lao movement overthrew the royal government and took control of the country, which they promptly renamed the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Initial closer ties to Vietnam and socialization were replaced by a relaxation of economic restrictions in the late 1980s and the admission into ASEAN in 1997.