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Wat Si Saket

Wat Si Saket

Wat Si Saket is a Buddhist wat in Vientiane, Laos. It is situated on Lan Xang Road, on the corner with Setthathirat Road, to the northwest of Haw Phra Kaew, which formerly held the Emerald Buddha.

The Wat Si Saket was built in 1820 near the Royal Palace in the center of town by King Anouvong, the last King of Vientiane. It is one of the very few temples that survived the destruction that came with the Siamese army when they looted and burnt the city in 1827. Tours Indochina

Wat Si Saket

Wat Si Saket

Wat Si Saket features a cloister wall with more than 2,000 ceramic and silver Buddha images. The walls are carved with niches that originally housed silver Buddha statues (now replaced with clay ones). The murals depict scenes from Jakata tales, stories about the other lifetimes of Buddha, another common feature in sacred architecture in Laos. The Buddha images on the altar are not particularly notable, but a splendidly ornate hao thian, or candle holder, of carved wood situated before the altar is an example of nineteenth-century Lao woodcarving at its best. Travel to Laos

The beautiful temple

The beautiful temple

Wat Si Saket is not only famous for the interior walls of the cloister but it also has beautiful architecture and layout with history dated back to 1818. Among the many interesting features there are its lovely surrounding verandas, an ornate five-tiered roof, a drum tower, a small library building with a Burmese-style roof and the flowered ceiling of the ordination hall.

Wat Si Saket was built from 1818 to 1824 by King Anouvong, the last king of Lane Xang Kingdom, as his private monastery. It is the only temple to have survived the attack and destruction by the Siamese in 1827-1828 and therefore, it is the only wat in Vientiane surviving in its original shape. The complex’s architecture is also different to most other Lao Wats. It was built in the Siamese style rather than the traditional Lao style, something that is evident in both the styles of the Buddha statues and the ornate five-tiered roof on the buildings.

Shrine in Wat Si Saket

Shrine in Wat Si Saket

Although it is ostensibly a museum, Wat Si Saket is still a working monastery, with several monks and novices in residence. The grounds are richly planted with a variety of vegetation that is lovingly tended, so it becomes a restful retreat as well.

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