A Picturesque Temple Spared by The War
Easily accessed on foot, near the Chao Anouvong Park and the Presidential Palace, Wat Sisaket is a nice little piece of History in the heart of Vientiane.
It is famous for being home to an important collection of 7000 Buddha images (some people say 10,000). In the panorama above, you can see hundreds of small niches in the outer wall of the cloister, each niche houses a small statue of Buddha.
The central building inside the cloister, called sim, is home to the main and biggest statue of Buddha.
It is thought to be the oldest surviving temple in the city.
Wat Sisaket was built in 1818 by King Anouvong, with a subtle mix of Lao and Thai architectures. It survived the 1827 Siamese-Lao war. During this invasion, the Siamese had totally ravaged Vientiane. The legend says that the Sisaket temple was spared because… of its ressemblance with Thai temples! It was later restored in the 1930’s.
Wat Sisaket should definitely be part of your plans even if you only have one day in Vientiane. Along with the Pha That Luang Stupa, it is a must-see.
Its central location and dirt cheap entrance fee leave you no excuse, you can’t skip it!
Address: Corner of Lane Xang Road & Setthathilath Road, Vientiane, Laos
GPS: 17°57’46.40″N, 102°36’40.48″E
How to go: Walking, or tuk tuk
Entrance fee: 5,000 kip (US$ 0.60)
Opening hours: Open every day, 8 am to 12pm & 1pm to 4 pm
Duration of visit: 15 mins to go around the temple
Best season: November to March