The 8 million US dollar Kayson Phomvihan Museum was opened in 2000 in dedication to the life of the first
Democratic Republic leader of Laos. Kayson Phomvihan was born in December 13, 1920 and passed away on November 21, 1992.
He was the leader of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party from March 22 1955, he then served as the first Prime Minister of the Lao People's Democratic Republic from December 8, 1975 and then as president from August 15, 1991 until his death in 1992.
Kayson was born in southern Laos and he was a very educated man, he was educated in law in Vietnam. He is said to have spoken French, Vietnamese, Lao, Thai, and even the Burmese Shan language fluently. A respected man and great leader, he released most political prisoners, including army officers held in detention camps since 1975 when the Royal Lao government and the 600-year-old monarchy was abolished.
Photography is disallowed inside the museum except the statue of Kayson. Inside, there are many nice photographs and memorabilia which shows the life and times of this great man, and the Lao culture and historical events during the olden days in Laos. Kayson Phomvihan is a true legend in the eyes of people living in Laos.