The 2018 World Wood Day Celebration in Lao PDR opened on March 29 at the International Trade Exhibition and Convention Center (ITECC) in Vientiane Capital City.  Mr. Phankham Viphavanh, Vice President of Lao PDR, and Mr. Sengnouane Xayalath, Vice Chairman of the Lao National Assembly, attended the opening ceremony accompanied by ministers and head of all co-organizers, deputy ministers of equivalent organizations, and diplomats from international organization to Lao PDR. Nearly 100 international artists from 20 countries and regions, local artists, musicians, folk artisans and entrepreneurs, and more than 300 people attended the opening event. Mr. Liane Thykeo, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry of Lao PDR, gave a welcome speech.  Dr. Chung-Yun Hse, President of the International Wood Culture Society, delivered welcome and introductory remarks. The Vice President of Lao PDR, Mr. Phankham Viphavanh, was invited to ring a traditional bell “Khong” to officially open the ceremony. Local and international music groups provided the audience a visual feast of wooden music performances.