Somerset Vientiane is located at the junction of Rue Samsenthai and Rue Setthathilah, where the prominent statue of King Fa Ngum
, the first king of the Laotian Kingdom of Lan Xang, stands.
Ancient kingdom founder Fa Ngum
installed Pou Nyer-Nya Nyer as a protective spirit for his Lan Xang Kingdom six years before the establishment of Buddhism in Laos.
The project to build the statue of King Fa Ngum has been in the works by the Information and Culture Ministry since 1996, and checks are now being made in preparation of the statue's casting in bronze, the Vientiane Times said.
The boundaries of the Lane Xang kingdom created by King Fa Ngum are debatable.
These were the major elements fused by Fa Ngum into his empire of Lan Xang.
Fa Ngum was the catalyst who forced these regional muang into a powerful mandala.
Chao Anou had recognized the need to recreate the Lao mandala, just as Fa Ngum had originally done.