WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The grand opening ceremony of the Meditation Chapel was underway in Wichita Sunday. The festivities were happening at Lao Buddharattanaram at 2550 S Greenwich Road.
The celebration was an opportunity for visitors to learn and see the culture, history, religious traditions and customs of the Laotian community. Live music and dancing from various local Laotian bands will also be a part of the ceremony.
Nearly 100 monks came to support the ribbon cutting for the first Laotian temple of this magnitude in the state of Kansas.
“We are extremely overwhelmed and grateful,” said Phet Namphengsone, organizer of the grand opening. “We expected a great showing but I don’t think we expected this many people. So, we just want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts and we are just privileged to have everyone here celebrating this event with us.”
The event featured a number of musical performances and traditional Laotian food.
The mayor of Wichita also spoke at the event as well as other community leaders who all showed their appreciation for the temple and the culture.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Eric Branstad from the White House also spoke at the event.