Wat Si Saket (Si Saket Temple), Vientiane

Wat Si Saket (Si Saket Temple), Vientiane (must see)

Wat Si Saket is a significant Buddhist temple with a rich history dating back to 1818. Commissioned by King Anouvong, also known as Sethathirath V, the temple was constructed in the Siamese style of Buddhist architecture, featuring a surrounding terrace and an ornate five-tiered roof. Unlike many other temples in Laos, Wat Si Saket was built in the Siamese style, which may have contributed to its preservation during the Siamese invasion of Vientiane in 1827, when it served as the headquarters and lodging place for the invading forces.

Today, Wat Si Saket is recognized as one of the oldest temples still standing in Vientiane. Over the years, the temple has undergone restoration efforts, particularly by the French in 1924 and 1930, to preserve its architectural and cultural heritage. The temple's distinctive features include a cloister wall adorned with over 2,000 ceramic and silver Buddha images, each offering a unique glimpse into Buddhist art and iconography. This vast collection of Buddha images serves as a testament to the temple's significance as a religious and cultural landmark in Laos.

In addition to its architectural and artistic treasures, Wat Si Saket also houses a museum, providing visitors with further insights into the temple's history and significance. The museum offers a curated collection of artifacts, relics, and historical items related to Buddhism and the temple itself, offering visitors an opportunity to delve deeper into the rich cultural heritage of Laos.

Why You Should Visit:
A must for its history alone, but also worthwhile since so much restoration work has been done and it includes an interesting museum and more Buddhas than you normally see in one place for sure.

Go in the afternoon and capture the golden orange light accentuating the gorgeous earthy tones.
Wear clothes suitable for temples (knee-length trousers) and suitable footwear (you'll be required to take off to enter the temple).
Bring some cash for the (small) entrance fee, plus sunscreen, sun hat, water, camera (note that pictures are forbidden inside the temple)...

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Sight Name: Wat Si Saket (Si Saket Temple)
Sight Location: Vientiane, Laos (See walking tours in Vientiane)
Sight Type: Religious
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