The first and unique Berlin – Vientiane Buddy Bear (Thursday, June 8th, 2017)
On June 8th, the first Berlin Buddy Bear in Laos got unveiled in front of the German Embassy Vientiane by Ambassador Grau and Mr Som Ock Kinsada, Vice President of the Lao Front for National Construction and President of the Lao-German Friendship Association (LGFA). At the same occasion, the LGFA wished their farewell to Ambassador Grau after three years of serving in Lao P.D.R
The life-sized statue of the Buddy Bear was painted by Mr Kadidang Kouddavong and Ms Mesa Pattanadee, who are both students of the National Institute of Fine Arts in Vientiane. Their design was chosen as the winner by a Lao-German jury in a competition that has been carried out in October last year. Over 20 Laotian artists participated in the competition. The design should represent German-Lao friendship by expressing the German origin on one hand and highlight Lao uniqueness and its culture on the other hand.
The first Berlin Buddy Bear in Laos carries an eagle and an elephant, both holding flags of their respective home countries. Further elements are the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and the Pha That Luang in Vientiane, both national monuments.
In their opening remarks both Ambassador Grau and H.E. Mr Som Ock highlighted the friendly relationship between Laos and Germany. Ambassador Grau thanked the Laotian guests, among them H.E.Mr. Sengphet Houngbounyuang, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and other representatives of the Lao government, for the fruitful cooperation.
Vientiane citizens and visitors can meet the bear outside the Embassy gates on 26 Sokpalouang street, Sokpalouang Village, Sisattanak District, Vientiane Capital