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    THE AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINSTER, MR. HAROLD HOLT, IN ON A TOUR OF ASIAN COUNTRIES. LAST?

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    1.
    LS (PAN) CROWD OUTSIDE PHOUMA'S RESIDENCE
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    2.
    MS INTERIOR HOUSE
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    3.
    CU HOLT (TILT DOWN) CLASPED HANDS AND PAN TO PHOUMA
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    4.
    MS HOLY MAN (BACK FACING CAMERA) PERFORMING CEREMONY WITH PHOUMA (RIGHT) WATCHING
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    5.
    CU CLASPED HANDS (TILT UP TO) MRS. HOLT
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    6.
    MS END OF CEREMONY, THE HOLTS AND OTHERS DISPERSING
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    7.
    CU PHOUMA
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    8.
    MLS MEETING WITH CABINET MEMBERS IN ANOTHER ROOM
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    9.
    MS (PAN) MEETING IN SESSION
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    10.
    MS HOLT WITH THUMBS
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    11.
    MS POLICE OUTRIDERS
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    12.
    MS TRACK SHOT OF VIENTIANE, NOTE TROOPS LINE HOLT'S ROUT (TWO SHOTS)
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    13.
    MS PAGODA PAN TO HOLT AND PARTY
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    14.
    CU HOLT UP PAGODA STEPS AND MEETS PRIEST
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    15.
    CU FOLLOWED BY MRS. HOLT
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    16.
    MS HOLT (IN BACKGROUND IS) GOLD-PLATED DOOR
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    17.
    LS ANOTHER PAGODA
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    18.
    MS HOLT AND GROUP TAKING OFF SHOES BEFORE ENTERING
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    19.
    MS LINE OF BUDDHA IDOLS (PAN TO) HOLT AND GROUP ENTERING
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    20.
    CU AFTER VISIT: HOLT AND GROUP WEARING SHOES
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    21.
    MS SOLDIER (IN BACKGROUND IS) HOLT AND PARTY
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    22.
    CU HOLT CONTINUES TOUR
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    23.
    LS HOLT AND GROUP TOWARDS GOLDEN PAGODA
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    24.
    LS GROUP WALKS PAST MONUMENT TO THE DEAD
    1.40



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINSTER, MR. HAROLD HOLT, IN ON A TOUR OF ASIAN COUNTRIES. LAST WEEKEND, HE WAS IN VIENTIANE, THE LAOTIAN CAPITAL, FOR TWO-DAYS. SHORTLY ON HIS ARRIVAL ON SATURDAY (APRIL 1), MR. HOLT AND HIS WIFE PARTICIPATED IN A BUDDHIST CEREMONY CALLED BACI, PRONOUNCED BUSSY. THE CEREMONY WAS HELD AT THE OFFICIAL RESIDENCE OF HIS LAOTIAN COUNTERPART, PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA.

    BACI IS THE MOST OF THE LAO TRADITIONS. FEW PEOPLE WHO HAVE EVER SPENT MUCH TIME IN LAOS INVARIABLY TAKE PART. IT IS A SIMPLE CEREMONY IN WHICH A YELLOW-COLOURED CORD IS TIED AROUND THE WRIST OF THE RECIPIENT. THIS SIGNIFIES THAT THE DONOR IS WISHING HIM OR HER GOOD LUCK. IN THIS CASE, THE DONOR IS PRINCE PHOUMA.

    THE HOLTS SAT ON THE CARPETED FLOOR WITH THE PRINCE INSTRUCTING THE HOLY MAN.

    AFTER THIS CEREMONY, MR. HOLT PROCEEDED TO ANOTHER ROOM FOR AN OFFICIAL MEETING WITH THE PRINCE AND MEMBERS OF HIS CABINET.

    MR. HOLT DISCUSSED THE PROBLEM OF MORE RAPID DEVELOPMENT IN THE AREA AND THE IMPORTANCE FOR AUSTRALIA AND LAOS TO MAINTAIN AND IMPROVE CONTACT AND MUTUAL COMPREHENSION.

    LAOS IS PREDOMINANTLY A BUDDHIST NATIONS. SOME OF THE BEST PAGODAS CAN BE FOUND IN VIENTIANE. ARMED TROOPS SEALED OFF SOME OF THESE PICTURESQUE PLACE OF WORSHIP WHEN THE HOLTS WENT ON A SIGHTSEEING TOUR.

    BEFORE ENTERING EACH PAGODA, THE AUSTRALIAN VISITORS TOOK OFF THEIR SHOES -- A FORM OF RESPECT. ONE PAGODA HAS A SPECIAL GOLD-PLATED DOOR WHICH WAS DONATED BY KING SAVANG VATTHANA OF LAOS....ANOTHER WAS LINED WITH BUDDHA IDOLS....THE GOLDEN PAGODA WAS BUILT IN 1566....A MONUMENT DEDICATED TO THE DEAD WAS STARTED ABOUT EIGHT YEARS AGO. IT IS NEARING COMPLETION AFTER BEING RE-NAMED SEVERAL TIMES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA99SSOACZWZP1MIAUR8FT74IWG
    Media URN:
    VLVA99SSOACZWZP1MIAUR8FT74IWG
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/04/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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